Red hearts, mouth-watering chocolates, and all things mushy paint a picturesque image of the month of love. As many prepare to celebrate love, friendship, and togetherness, there are some of us who are left loathing the season.
Statistics say that over 48% of youth feel sad and lonely around this time of the year. In fact, it is noticed that it also marks the onset of rise in suicide cases which ultimately peaks in the month of April.
Why? Can we take a moment to pause and introspect? Are we too experiencing similar pangs of abandonment? Are we too feeling unloved in the season of love?
If our answers to these questions are primarily, “Yes,” then the good news is that we are functioning well.
When God created us, He did not do so to accomplish his hidden agendas, or to manipulate us into doing what he wanted. In fact, he, being the Omnipotent God, did not even need us to exist. However, he did create us. He created us through love. Not just that, he even created us in his own likeness.
He designated us as his supreme creation.
Even after the fall of man, God did not refrain from extending his love to us. Romans 5:8 quotes: But God so demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
In today’s time and age, our relationships are governed by the philosophy of ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ However, our Father above has been slow to anger and filled with unfailing love (Psalm 103:8). His love for us is patient and kind. His love is an unceasing river of grace.
You may be wondering:
If God really loves me so much then why am I feeling unloved?
The answer to your question can be found in a middle school physics laboratory. Just like magnets, we repel the same, everyday, sin-stained love that the world has to offer. Our souls long for the ethereal love of the father that is not of this world. As long as we are distracted by the sinful ways of the world, we will continue to wander aimlessly. The emptiness that we feel within is not based upon the validation that we receive from others. It is not quantified by musical hearts, gooey chocolates, or even the reddest greeting card.
We are forlorn for something greater.
We thirst for the Father because he is the greatest embodiment of love.
We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
Jilian Gomes is a young and passionate educator who has enriched the lives and touched the hearts of many. She believes in the power of love and strongly feels that love is the key to overcoming every curve ball that life throws at you.