Are you lovable this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is in four short days. If you’re like me, you pour over cards to choose just the right one to tell each family member just how much you love them. You debate with yourself over chocolates, flowers, and gifts. In the end, you just hope those close to you know how much you love them.

You love the people close to you, but a part of you may wonder whether you are worthy of love. “How could someone love a person like me?” you may ask yourself. Do you ever wonder whether God loves you?

Here are some verses I’ve collected recently that remind me what God said about these things, especially on days when I feel unlovable. I hope they encourage you and your family as they do me.

God made you. God knows everything about you.

  • You have searched me, Lord,
        and you know me.
    You know when I sit and when I rise;
        you perceive my thoughts from afar.
    You discern my going out and my lying down;
        you are familiar with all my ways.
    Before a word is on my tongue
        you, Lord, know it completely.
    You hem me in behind and before,
        and you lay your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
        too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV)
  • For you created my inmost being;
        you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
        your works are wonderful,
        I know that full well.
    My frame was not hidden from you
        when I was made in the secret place,
        when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed body;
        all the days ordained for me were written in your book
        before one of them came to be.
    How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
        How vast is the sum of them!
    Were I to count them,
        they would outnumber the grains of sand—
        when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)

God loves you!

  • “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
  • As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:9-17 (NIV)
  • See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1 (NASB)

God forgives you because of what Jesus Christ did for you.

  • “Suppose we claim we are without sin. Then we are fooling ourselves. The truth is not in us. But God is faithful and fair. If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure” 1 John 1:8-9 (NIRV)
  • Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (NIV)
  • “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1 (NASB)
  • When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new! All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between himself and us. And God gave us the work of bringing people into peace with him. I mean that God was in Christ, making peace between the world and himself. In Christ, God did not hold people guilty for their sins. And he gave us this message of peace to tell people.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (ERV)
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God rejoices over you.

  • “…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5 (NIV)
  • “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
  • I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7 (NASB)

We love others because God first loved us.

  • “that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3 (NASB)
  • “or this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray 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. And I pray 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.” Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)

Friend, you are loved. You are greatly loved. You are greatly loved by the God who embodies love (1 John 4:8). No one can love more than God because God is perfect, holy, and He is love. Never believe the lie that you are not loved.

Why not take a little time today to thank God for the many ways He loves you and cares for you?

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