Itâ€™s all about L-O-V-E. Our love for each other, but more importantly about Godâ€™s love for us. Both loves are the sameâ€”in one, Christ died for us. In the other, we must die for each other because that is what love is all about: the giving, about being selfless, and about serving our spouses, our families, and our community.
At our couples of faith date night we shared the songÂ Lead Me by Sanctus Real in which a wife asks her husband to help lead her to Christ AND the husband asks for help to be led BY Christ. (Some of the words of the song followâ€”and if you havenâ€™t heard the song, here are the rest of the words.)
“Lead me with strong hands, Stand up when I can’t, Don’t leave me hungry for love. So Father, give me the strength, to be everything I am called to be,Â Oh, Father, show me the way, To lead them, Won’t you lead me? To lead them with strong hands, To stand up when they can’t. Chasing dreams thatÂ I could give up. I’ll show them I’m willing to fight,Â And give them the best of my life, So we can call this out home, Lead me, ’cause I can’t do this alone.Â Father, lead me, ’cause I can’t do this alone.â€
These words are for allâ€”married and unmarriedâ€”not words just from a wife to a husband, but words from each of us to our heavenly Fatherâ€”to be led, carried, and guided by His love.
Love means that we will â€œGIVE Them & Him THE BEST OF OUR LIVES.â€ And love is in what we give upâ€”for Christ and for each other.
God tells us to LOVE one another as He has loved us. When our lives are going well it seems like giving God our love would be easy; and sometimes when our lives hurt turning to God, believing in His love can be difficult.
Yet, when do our prayers seem to be the loudest? When we suffer; because that is when we cannot find our own answers, when there are no easy answers, when we most need His strength to carry us and to lead us. And because we trust and believe, we are guided and comforted, led and carried. God hears our prayers.
And when do we most often forget to pray? When our lives are going wellâ€”because in our human nature we think we are creating our own happiness. We forget to â€œgive Him the BEST of our lives.â€
Godâ€™s love is here for all of us, in the highs and in the lows. God created the love we have and share with each other.Â Â We should give HIM â€œthe best of our lives,â€ because He has already given us the â€œBest of His Life,â€ in giving us His child, His son, Jesus.
We are helped thru our trials and sorrows by the love given to us by God, thru our friends and families. And we find the most joy in our lives when we give our gifts, our life, back to God–by our thoughts, words, and actions–by letting our lives be led by Christ.
Happy Valentineâ€™s Day. This is Godâ€™s Day. This is a day for His Love to be shared humanly and divinely.
Heavenly Father: Praise be Your love in my life in good times and bad. Give me the courage to always follow your lead. Thank You for Your love, for Your comfort, for Your caring, and for Your carrying me in both the highs and the lows of each day. Help all of us, as Your children, to seek and to be led by Your love. Amen.