Do you remember those Valentine’s parties you had in elementary school? I remember each student receiving a decorated paper bag, and we walked around the classroom dropping cards and candies into each other’s bags with great excitement. Most of the cards had funny cartoon characters, with silly messages like, “You’re sweet!” or the famous, “Be mine, Valentine!”
Whether we knew it or not, most of us kids enjoyed the parties not only for the free candy, but for a chance to have someone say something nice to us (this was also the only day it was okay to pass notes in class!) Whether we are children or adults, we all crave affirmation from others. A friendly Valentine from a classmate has the ability to speak words of life to a child longing for love and attention. God delivers heart-warming messages of His love and tender affection to us, wrapped in the greatest Valentine of all time–Jesus.
Throughout history God has written these Valentine’s messages on our hearts…
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
We belong to Him, and He will never let us go. He has written these truths on the very tablets of our hearts.
What messages are written on your heart? Are they messages of shame? Rejection? Fear? Trauma and terror? God has wiped the slate of our old hearts and has given us a new heart with a new message of hope and love (Ezekiel 36:26).God has given us a new heart, a new message of hope and love. Click To Tweet
Our new hearts in Christ remind me to the story of the adulterous woman. As the teachers of the law and Pharisees dragged her into a crowd, they questioned Jesus with malicious intent.
“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. What do you say?”
I love Jesus’ response. As if He didn’t even hear their self-righteous discourse, He began writing on the ground. (John 8:6-8) The passage never tells us what Jesus was writing, but after they pressed Him with even more questions, He finally responded:
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) And He continued to write in the ground!
One by one, the Pharisees left, until only Jesus and the woman remained.
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir.” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” he declared.
“Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)
Though we never know what message Jesus was writing in the ground, He wrote a radically new message on this woman’s heart–you are not condemned.
The world writes messages on our hearts such as…
“You are not good enough.”
“You’re nothing but a wretched sinner.”
“No one could ever love you.”
“Your past is too terrible to redeem.”
But God says,
“You are my child.”
“I have saved and redeemed you.”
“I have always loved you.”
“My sacrifice covered all your shame.”
Which messages have you listened to? Each day we open God’s Word, His valentine’s messages speak to us, if we have spiritual ears to listen. Here are nine timeless truths of God’s love for us that will stand forever:
- My love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
- I lavish you with love. (1 John 3:1)
- I quiet you with my love. (Zephaniah 3:17)
- You are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
- You are my daughter (Romans 8:14)
- You are chosen (Ephesians 1:4)
- I adorn you with love (Proverbs 3:3)
- My love covers your sins (1 Peter 4:8)
- My love shields you. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
The next time you are tempted to believe the false messages of this world, picture Jesus stooped down on the ground, writing in the sand. He has written His unending, eternal love for you on the tablet of your heart. In Him there is no condemnation; He took it all to the cross.
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:3
That is the sweetest Valentine’s message of all time!
Here is a printable of these nine truths that you can cut out and give as Valentines to yourself and others, to remind yourself of these precious promises. The second page has blank hearts where you can write some of your own scriptures that speak to your heart. Just click on the image to download!
Which Valentine’s message most speaks to your heart? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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