by Dana Peters-Colley
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8 NKJV
It’s that month. Pink and red popping out at every corner. Heart-shaped candy and suckers and those boxes of chocolates fill store shelves.
Yet, let’s get to the heart of why we celebrate love this month. What is true love?
It seems there are many legends that lead to our observance of Valentine’s Day. One saint married lovers secretly to prevent the husbands from going to war. Another saint was martyred but signed a letter with the words “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter who had been healed from her blindness. In the 1500s, love messages were sent, and, by the 1700s, it was common to send Valentine’s cards. Thus began the tradition.
When I was growing up, kids bought a box of about thirty cards to give out in class, and we created Valentine’s boxes to hold what would be given to us. We improved our penmanship by signing our name to so many cards, and we made selections from the list our teacher printed out. It was a fun day and always dripped candy to sweeten our idea of love.
Yet, what is true love? What does God show us about it?
It’s wrapped with a bow on the Scripture we all know, John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (NKJV).
Let’s center on those first words: For God so loved. This gives us our anchor. God loves us. He wants us, His Creation, to know Him. He wants to love us as no other can—in the deepest and most vulnerable places we have. God so loved.
Then, these words are followed by His action. Love doesn’t just sit still. It moves forward. It steps out and does something. God gave. He brought something to us. He changed everything before it was ever needed to give what He valued most, love.
When we give gifts—the roses, the candy, the notes of how we care—these things are our way of sharing love – giving love – to those we care about. We can give a word of encouragement. We can make a call or text someone to let them know we think about them.
Whatever it is, even if the holiday has passed, we can reach out and bring our heart to share with others. It’s the reason for the season, and it’s wrapped with the sweetness of the heart.
Then, there is a gift we can bring that is important to God and a blessing for us. When we pull ourselves away from other things to instead spend time with the Lord as our lover—in prayer and resting in His presence, we have His joy poured over us. We can spend more time tasting God’s word and savoring what He reveals to us—better than chocolate and richer than any sweet treat. We glow in satisfaction with His goodness.
It is always the season to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” This is a year-round treat that couldn’t be any sweeter.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA)
About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.
Do you have a friend you want to receive Jesus into their lives? Do you want to receive how much God loves and values you? Do you want to be empowered to do the impossible? Then, you have to know who you are! Treasure will take you into the realization of God’s love for you as you discover you are His treasure.
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