“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:5)
Yesterday we celebrated Valentine’s Day, a day that is all about love. People all over the country spent millions of dollars to buy flowers and gifts for those they love in order to show how much they love that significant person in their life.
We want to show in tangible ways just how much we love the people in our lives. We think, at least in this country, that the outpouring of our love is best expressed through the outpouring of what is in our wallet. But, is that really what love is?
A common phrase that is said today is “Love is love.” That phrase contains a nice sentiment, but doesn’t fully define what love is because love is an intangible idea that can never be personal by itself. For love to be truly transformative, love has to come from someone. It has to be experienced on a personal level. That’s where God comes in.
1 John 4:8b-9 says, “God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” God made love personal by pouring out his love in a tangible way by sending Jesus to give His life for us. The only way we understand love is through Jesus. Jesus is very embodiment of the love of God that was fully poured out on us.
To experience that love, we just have to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. When we give our lives to Christ in this way, we experience the full love of God poured out on us through faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit who comes to live inside of us so that we never forget what real love is. And, when we experience that love poured out, we want to show that same love to others. We want to be poured out too.
Question: Have you experienced God’s love poured out on you?
Challenge: Memorize Romans 5:5.
Prayer: Lord, never let me forget your love poured out. Pour your love out of me onto others.
Ryan Reveley, Chapel Leader -- Lowell Spinners