For the Love of God, Open This!
by Michael S. Tyrrell
February 16, 2021
Happy Belated Valentine’s Day, Wholetonians!
February and love go hand in hand, don’t they? Everywhere you look are red and pink heart cut-outs, stuffed toys, chocolates and roses that symbolize romantic love. But love is so much deeper, so much broader and encompassing than that.
We were made to be loved, and we were made to love. We have a natural desire to be loved, known, understood and appreciated by those around us. Yet even when we have that, there is a deeper ache and longing in our soul that wants to connect, to love and to feel the love of the One who formed us.
I’m glad you opened this email so that I can tell you how deeply loved you are.
God loves you.
His is an everlasting love, a love like no other. Only God’s love gives gifts that never grow old or deteriorate. His love draws us; it is sacrificial; it is a healing love, one that transforms us.
Love is so important to God (Who IS love), that His first two commandments require it of us:
In the gospel of Mark, Jesus was asked which of all the commandments is the most important.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” ~ Mark 12:29-31
So is this just God being needy and begging to be loved? Nope. Everything He does is perfection.
In an article by Psychology Today named “The Power of Love,” the author claims that love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen–vital to us both physically and emotionally.
The article also states:
“Love is probably the best antidepressant there is because one of the most common sources of depression is feeling unloved. Most depressed people don’t love themselves and they do not feel loved by others. They also are very self-focused, making them less attractive to others and depriving them of opportunities to learn the skills of love.”
Isn’t that interesting, how we can be unable to love ourselves, yet be very self-focused at the same time? Maybe that’s why God tells us in the scripture I quoted above to “…love your neighbor as yourself.”
It becomes quite evident that there’s a big difference between loving yourself and being self-centered.
We will be looking into that topic next week so stay tuned!
In the meantime, whether you were surrounded by loved ones on Valentine’s Day or found yourself sitting alone, remember that the God of all creation knows everything about you, and He loves you deeply.
The greatest Valentine is that Jesus gave his heart, his life, his all for you.
Let Jesus love you, love Him, love yourself, and love others in return.
Until next time…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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