Today was Henry’s first Valentines day. Doesn’t he look so cute! 🙂
I had a different outlook on this Valentines day. God has been using Henry to teach me about my selfishness and how to truly love. I have never had someone who was so demanding of me. I have never had to give so much of myself and receive nothing in return. I was thinking recently about the following verses regarding love.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The phrase that really stuck out to me was “seeketh not her own”. It is so easy for me to be frustrated when I don’t get to do what I want to do. Sometimes I want a few minutes to myself just to do something I would enjoy but that is when Henry really wants me to hold him and talk to him. To truly love him as he needs to be loved I need to put his needs and desires above my own. I have been praying that God would show His love to my family, friends and others through me.
Have you experienced God’s love? The Bible says “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 That is a love that I cannot fully comprehend. I can’t imagine willing sacrificing my son for someone, especially not someone who showed hatred or no regard for me. But He did. And He did it that we may have eternal life “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God has chosen to give this wonderful gift to you. All you need to do is accept it.
One of my favorite songs about God’s love is How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. You can hear it here.