Did you ever play games with flowers as a child?
Perhaps you squeezed the “mouth” of a snapdragon flower to make it “talk.”
Or maybe you held a buttercup underneath the chin of a friend. If it reflected back a yellow colour, it meant that they liked butter (apparently, everyone does!).
Probably one of the most famous flower games involves the daisy: it’s considered the oracle of affairs of the heart. The daisy supposedly has the ability to tell you if your sweetheart truly loves you or not.
It goes like this: you pluck off each petal of a daisy in turn, and as you do so, alternately say, “He loves me,” or “He loves me not.”
The final petal tells you which statement is true.
You’re left in suspense the whole time, and worry about what the last petal will reveal.
I know this is just a children’s game, but even as adults we sometimes worry if we’re truly loved, don’t we?
Human love can be a fickle thing, and we can often be unsure about the commitment and loyalty of those we love.
That’s why it’s so good to know that with Jesus, we’re never left wondering whether He loves us or not. He never leaves us in suspense as to whether He cares.
He always does.
And He always will.
He proved this by dying on the Cross as an atonement for our sins. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that our sins could be forgiven and we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” (1 John 3:16a)
God’s love is unfailing, immeasurable, steadfast, and awesome. It lasts forever and is never in doubt.
As the hymn says,
“O love of God! How rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It will forevermore endure, the saints’ and angels’ song.”
On this Valentine’s day, know that with Jesus, there’s only one possible answer to the question of whether He loves you or not:
He loves you.
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