We hear the word "love" a lot at this time of the year—we see hearts liberally sprinkled everywhere as Valentine's Day is promoted and observed. Let's spend some time thinking about God's love.
When we were a lot younger than we are now, back in the olden days, when we had a crush on someone, and we weren't really sure whether they liked us or not, we would find a flower and begin to pull its petals, playing the "he loves me, he loves me not" game. The last petal left on the flower answered the question, didn't it?
Many of us, without critically analyzing it, actually reduce ourselves to playing a similar game with God. In this most important relationship we can ever have, we often convince ourselves that we're not sure how God really feels about us, so we play a guessing game.
How sure are you about your relationship with God? Do you really know how God feels about you?
Consider how the Apostle John summarizes his first letter, reiterating the theme he wanted his readers to remember: "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).