The phrase “Don’t get it twisted, Love is a beautiful thing!” is a memorable line from D’Banj’s “Fall in Love” song, which was popular on African radio stations from 2009 to 2011. The song won a Channel O award and was nominated for other awards. As the song begins, D’Banj looks directly into the camera, wearing black, oversized sunglasses and uttering those words, which set the tone for the rest of the love-filled lyrics.
Love is indeed a beautiful thing, but we often get it twisted in our modern times. We throw around the word “love” casually, without truly understanding its meaning, leading to emotional, physical, and even spiritual harm. Love is a powerful force that can impact how we see ourselves, others, and our faith. When understood and practiced properly, love is patient, kind, does not envy, boast or dishonor others, and always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.
Recently, a friend of mine described love as a sacrifice, with tears in his eyes and a cup of hot chocolate in his hand. His words had a profound impact on me. Think of someone who has sacrificed something for you – their time, energy, or resources – and how that made you feel. Those who have made sacrifices for us leave an imprint in our lives that we never forget. As Christians, John 3:16 is the ultimate act of sacrifice, where our heavenly Father loved us so much that He gave His Son to die on the cross for our sins. This is a sacrifice that has been remembered throughout generations.
Jesus intentionally loved His disciples and everyone He met in the way that God the Father loved Him. He taught, protected, guided, and sacrificially served them. His love was remarkable, and those who encountered Him were deeply touched. Jesus also emphasized the importance of loving one another as He had loved them, reminding them that there is no greater love than laying down one’s life for one’s friends.
This Valentine’s Day, many people will celebrate love through social media posts, stories, and sermons. However, my hope is that everyone will experience eternal love that changes everything – a love that chases after us, no matter what we are going through or who we are. Imagine that the God who created the universe loves us, cares about us, and wants to be a part of our lives. So, don’t get it twisted – love is a beautiful thing! Walk in this love with confidence, knowing that you will see the goodness of the Lord and that He will be with you and comfort you, even in the darkest times.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!