“The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
Did you pour out your heart to your Valentine Thursday? Perhaps you showered them with flowers, their favorite chocolate or a romantic dinner.
February is the month of love. Love is something we should celebrate. Love comes in so many different packages. It can be a romantic love with a significant other, the love for a child, the love for a parent, love for a friend, etc. The form of LOVE I want to talk about is the LOVE that pours out on to each of us that is unconditional. It is a love with no restrictions.
This love can only come from one source, God through the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT.
I was listening to a talk by a priest earlier on this very topic. He read a letter he received from a young lady who had felt she was incapable of being loved by God. In this note, she discovers God’s unconditional love in a penny.
What she says is that no matter how dirty or beaten up a penny gets, it’s worth is still the same. There are shiny pennies and there are black dirty pennies. The shiny pennies don’t go through all the stuff the black dirty pennies go through yet their VALUE, their WORTH are the same.
I really thought this was a very powerful analogy of the unconditional love God has for each of us. No matter how beaten we are, how dirty we are, how sinful we are, God values us, desires us and most of all loves us just the same. He wants to pick us up, dust off all the dirt, and smooth all the rough edges so that we can see His light shine and reflect from us.
Whether you are the shiny penny or the dirty, beaten penny, God wants you to know He loves you. If you celebrated Valentines day or you love a family or friend, you experience this love “because He first loved [you],” 1 John 4:19.
If you feel incapable of God’s love because of your past, because of your sins, remember the dirty penny – it doesn’t lose it’s VALUE, no matter how beaten, run over, stepped on or dirty. Jesus carried your crosses over 2000 years ago to demonstrate this phenomenal love and God is breathing in love through the Holy Spirit everyday with every breath of life you take. When you need to feel the love of God, pause, close your eyes, take a deep breath in and imagine Jesus before you carrying the cross, beaten and bruised, whispering God’s very love for you.