When we think about February, Valentine’s Day comes to mind. The matters of the heart; love, sharing love, expressing and experiencing love, all the warm fuzzy feelings that come with new love; the depth of care, concern, devotion and life bonds that come with a seasoned or mature love.
We see around us all the cute little cut out hearts with their simple perfect shapes, all nice and clean that come in various sizes and shades of pink or red. But, if we look at the real heart, it is rather complicated, consisting of various chambers, blood vessels, arteries and valves; an organ that is anything but simple. One that beats strong, sending life-giving blood flowing through the body; a heart that leaps for joy at the sound of good news, yet feels it will break under the weight of emotional hurts. A heart that is tender and compassionate or hardened, one that can be full of good or filled with deceit, it can burn with loves passion or grow cold. The heart of man (or woman) is a fickle thing and a mess outside its’ proper environment.
The proper heart environment for humans is in fellowship with the God of love. I am so thankful for the loving heart of God that he has towards His children. He loves us with an everlasting love, with the love of a good Father’s heart, from a heart of compassion and a desire for our well-being. His love for us cannot be bought or earned. He loves us because He is love and we are His children. A love such as His may be difficult to understand as our only comparison is that of other people, some with good intentions but who miss the mark, while others use such statements as “I love you” to manipulate you for their own gain. The Lord does not say “I love you” to get us to do something for Him. His love is pure and undefiled. His only desire is what is best for us; His love is not selfish, it is a sacrificial love. His love will stand up to the test of time; it will not fade or be withdrawn. His love is an everlasting love, one that He desires to make known to us, to all who will receive it.