A Valentine for Jesus

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Since becoming a believer, there have been many occasions that I’ve heard it is not right to go by feelings, or trust your feelings, or your emotions in regards to God and his word. The whole realm of feelings are discounted as unreliable. The key, they say, is God’s word. And since we humans have a mind, will, and emotions, these are no match for Spirit and Word.

I have plenty of experience with emotions, as do we all. However, with a diagnosis of Manic Depression, I may have even more experience with the intensity and unpredictability of emotions and mood. From being super energized and creative and upbeat to the point of madness, to being down in the dumps, weepy, and full of despair and battling suicidal thoughts. I’ve had them all.

But I also have God, and Spirit. And here’s the rub: This business about not relying on emotions with our walk with God is total bunk. It is even gross. If Jesus Christ came to give us forgiveness and access to the Father, and to reveal his love for us that we can have fellowship with him, what on earth would that even look like without engaging our deepest emotions? We are created to love and worship and adore the Creator. We write him love songs, we raise our hands in abandonment and worship, we sing with all of our heart, and we even shout unto God with a voice of triumph! We love him because he first loved us. And he demonstrated his love for us, in that while we were still in our sins, Christ died for us. To find ourselves in his arms after the world has beaten us and tossed us to and fro like a ship out to sea in a great storm, it is only right that we collapse in brokenness and sob our eyes out.  Jesus even said it would happen: whoever falls on this stone will be broken in pieces. (Shattered, crushed, a complete mess!)

And when we receive the Holy Spirit and begin babbling in a heavenly language, caught up in ecstatic praises with rapturous joy, would this be forbidden too? Paul himself claimed to speak in tongues more than anyone, and directed others to “forbid NOT speaking in tongues.”

If your heart and emotions are not in your bible reading, your prayer, your living walk with your living God, you may not have actually met him at all. It is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness, not the mind. You do not educate yourself into a knowledge of God, any more than you can know your mate by reading about him.

So give yourself to your Savior with complete abandonment, with your whole heart, soul, mind, and emotions, and discover what a Lover we truly worship!

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the greatest of these

 The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing……Blaise Pascal

Heed grace and loveliness.  And then celebrate it.  I have been thinking about the power this practice has to transform your life and thoughts and relationships.  There are a couple of scriptures that come to mind that echo the same sentiment.  Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts (1Cor 14:1), and think on whatever is lovely and praiseworthy (paraphrased from Philippians 4:8).

Valentines Day is becoming my favorite holiday, right behind Easter.  For me, nothing can top celebrating the Resurrection, but celebrating love comes pretty close!  With candy, and flowers, and cards and cupid, it just seems fitting that gestures be made; tokens, words, cards, meals, gifts, and kindnesses, to demonstrate the love we feel for those given to us.  Remembering and celebrating the special times shared, and the warmth and love you’ve received.  Even without a lover, there are so many loves that no one has to feel left out.  It doesn’t pertain only to pairings, but to family, to children, to friends, to loved ones everywhere!  Take a moment to recall all the good fortune you have received from those who have loved you, and those who love you now!  Let it fill your heart to overflowing!  And remember them today with a gesture of appreciation!  Maybe balloon hearts and roses are not your style.  Then give words of thanks.  But don’t let the day pass without extending love and thanks to those who are special to you!  Happy Valentines Day to all who have loved me!  I thank you, I appreciate you, and I love you too!