Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Perfect Gentleman.

1 Corinthians 13.
Well, Valentine's Day has come and gone for yet another year. According to my Facebook newsfeed, everyone's reaction to the day was different. Those with a "significant other" spent the day either with that person, or enjoyed gifts or other things from the person if they couldn't see them. I personally was part of a scheme for my friend that was plotted by her boyfriend who couldn't see her. (I gave her Zombieland at a specific time according to my instructions, which in all actuality doesn't seem that romantic...but hey, to each his own.) However, to those without a special someone in their life, it was a holiday for a different reason. I think someone described it as "National Single Person's Day," which I found entertaining.
Some people take this holiday to an extreme, with an overabundance of candy, stuffed animals, and mushy cards which perfectly proclaim their undying love. Others see it as another day where they're reminded that they're alone and feel unloved. To those that feel this way, this post is for you.
You see, as you're sitting there debating whether or not to buy yourself a box of chocolates (I bought myself chocolate yesterday) or watering the bouquet of carnations from your Grandmother and ignoring the note that asked why you aren't married and giving her great grandchildren (I really hope this doesn't happen to anyone and if it does, I'm here for you.), you may not realize it but you actually have a Valentine. This Valentine is greater than anyone that you've ever had, or will have. He loves you endlessly, and instead of flowers that will die in a few days, or a card with a mushy greeting, or candy hearts that taste like chalk, he gave you the greatest gift that you'll ever receive - the gift of eternal life with Him.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life." - John 3:16.
This is probably the most known Bible verse. I'd bet if you would ask someone to name a verse, this would be one of the first ones they would say. It's iconic not only because it makes a great kid's song for Sunday School (fact.), but it packs a double punch - it tells you how you can gain eternal life, and it tells you that God gave the ultimate act of love for us.
However, this act of love from God isn't just a once-a-year present for Valentine's Day. This act of love is available to you 24/7, every day of the year. God longs to have a relationship with you. He's the perfect gentleman - He won't come in unless we ask Him to.
Your NR challenge for this post is just to sit back and realize that you have the world's best Valentine at your doorstep. He's there with the best gift you could or will ever be offered, and it's up to you if you want to accept it. Then, when you do this, realize that He isn't a once-a-year deal or date. He's there everyday, wanting a relationship with you and wanting to talk to you.
Are you in?

- Kimber.

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