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Ah, Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Through the ups and downs of life, this soon-to-arrive day is sure to bring a smile to some . . . to others a weary sigh. But to anyone in either boat, I have a special Valentine to deliver: Jesus loves you! His love is greater than the devotion of any sweetheart. Don’t get me wrong, He is that to us — He compares His love for us to a groom’s love for his bride — but He is so much more.

He is the father who ran to greet his long-lost son, a rebellious youth who’d certainly burned his bridges, turning his back on everything his father had taught him. (Luke chapter 15) He is the shepherd who says, “I know My own, and My own know Me,” a beautiful statement depicting a relationship built on tender care and trust. (John chapter 10) He is the high priest who was tempted in every way as we are, able to offer us sympathy and grace when we need it most. (Hebrews chapter 4) And finally, He is the friend who made the ultimate gesture of love. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down His life for His friends.” (John 15:13 NASB)

I hope you’ll feel His love, the greatest love of all, this Valentine’s Day. That you, like the early Christians in Ephesus, will “be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18, 19 NASB)

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,

Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,

Rolling as a mighty ocean

In its fullness over me.

Samuel Trevor Francis

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