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Happy Valentine’s Day!
A while back, I heard a single mom say, “If you feel loved, you can face anything.”
It’s true. No matter how bad things are, the inner strength that God's love gives us is more needful than a change of circumstances.
If we’re feeling unloved this Valentine’s Day, let’s focus on the abundant riches of Christ’s perfect love. Being filled with Christ’s love strengthens us to face our single mom battles:
- God’s love transforms our perspective, turning mountains into molehills.
- God’s love empowers us to defend our boundaries.
- God’s love calms us, so we can correctly assess our situation.
- God’s love gives us wisdom for our children.
“I pray,” writes Paul in Ephesians 3, “that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (16-17).
That’s how close Jesus is when we feel alone. He dwells in our hearts. Faith reminds us he is right here, where we are. It’s our lifeline when we’re lonely, anxious, or in need.
“And I pray,” continues Paul, “that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (17-19).
We practice faith every day when we recall the truth:
- We are loved by God.
- We are “together with the Lord’s people.”
Thought by secure thought, like a plant that pushes its roots deep into nourishing soil, we become firmly planted in love. This spiritual discipline develops our awareness of a “love that surpasses knowledge.”
God’s love is the inner strength that gets us through anything.
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