Even when Lent doesn't start on Valentines Day (but it sure is cool when it does) the whole point of Lent is grow in our understanding of what Jesus did on the cross.
Traditionally - Lent involved fasting, praying, and giving. Over the centuries - Lent has fallen in and out of favor. In fact - even though I grew up going to church more than most people go to Walmart - I had no idea at all of what Lent even is. But since I first started learning about it - and practicing it - Lent has become my favorite season of the year.
Just a couple of months ago we were getting read to celebrate Christmas. What Christmas is really about - is only meaningful because of what happened on the first Easter. And what happened on that first Easter would've been impossible without Jesus's love for us. And Jesus' love for us is God's love for us. Jesus could've only gone through what He did and done it as well as He did - because His love for us was that huge.
You may have given up chocolate before for Lent. You may have given up Facebook or Netflix - and those sorts of goals for Lent can teach us a lot for sure. This Lent - I'm inviting you to dig deep into Jesus' amazing love for you - and God's amazing love for you. John 3:16 is one of the most memorable Bible verses ... and it teaches us a profound truth. Join us this Lent as we reflect on a verse or passage each day that illuminates another aspect of God's boundless love for us. Believe me - it was hard to narrow down the list of verses to go over ... there are so many! From before the Big Bang - every encounter humanity has had with God - was all because God loved us and wanted us to understand this. Every Christian truth we understand - grows richer and brighter when we really understand that It was all for the Love.