What's Love Got To Do With It?

[Chorus] Oh what’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart
When a heart can be broken 

(From “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, sung by Tina Turner on the album Private Dancer)

Valentine’s Day. Retailers make a fortune from it. Songs are sung about it. Movies are made for it. If you’re in a relationship, this day can be wonderful or heart wrenching. And if you’re not in a relationship, or going through a painful breakup, well, that’s a completely different story.

Coupled with Valentine’s Day is the word “love,” and like Valentine’s Day it conjures up all sorts of emotions in people. It can be a bolster or a letdown, something you gravitate toward or shrink away from. Yes, l-o-v-e is a very powerful word for having only four letters.

How do you view love? Do you see it as something with strings attached? Or as something unconditional? Does it make you feel happy? Sad? Safe? Vulnerable? And how do you view love as it has to do with your relationship with the LORD? Do you have a fearful image of an iron-fisted, wrathful being who is just waiting for you to make a mistake? Or do you have a loving image of a God who is filled with an equal balance of grace and truth, wanting more than anything to draw close to you?

Your past and present experiences with love, either through successful relationship or broken heart, can affect your relationship with God. But you need to remember that, unlike man, God will never let you down. He will not break your heart. He will not provide you with a “second hand emotion.” And He won’t rely on any man-made holiday to reiterate how much He loves you. In fact, the blood Christ flows freely to us in love day after day after day, whether we deserve it or not.

This Valentine’s Day try something different. Instead of looking to man and man-made gifts to make your day special, look to God. Ask Him to show you love through HIS eyes. Eyes that understand the true meaning of agape. Eyes that know love has everything to do with it.

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

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LORD, sometimes I don’t like love because it causes more pain than joy. And when those painful times roll around, I often shrink away from You. Help me not to do this, LORD. Take my hand when those moments arise and lead me to where You are. Help me learn how to trust You in all circumstances. Show me true love, unconditional love, so that I may show others that same love in return.

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