A Love Like No Other

By Melissa McLaughlin

A Memory of Love

As a child, one of the highlights of our school year was Valentine’s Day. Once a year, we brought a shoe box to school and cut an opening on top. With energetic hands, sparkling eyes, construction paper and crayons, we transformed used cardboard boxes into personal mailboxes for Valentine cards.

The school held only a few special events during those years. So, decorating a box and exchanging Valentine cards was a thrill.

We put our heart and soul into those boxes. Gluing down red paper. Cutting paper hearts in various designs to adorn each box with our own style.

There was only one rule, we were required to give each student in the class a card so that everyone was included. We didn’t give treats, candies or anything else. We simply exchanged cards printed with a friendly greeting or cheerful note.

After stepping off the school bus on Valentine’s Day, I raced into the house, dumped out my cards and pored over those cards for days. A small word of kindness meant the world to my child’s heart. Still does.

An Everlasting Love

No matter where we are or how we feel today, may we pause in gratitude, remembering another kind of love. A love that lasts long after the paper hearts have fallen. The love of God.

  • God has given us the gift of life.
  • He provides for our daily needs~ food, clean water, clothing, work and shelter.
  • He surrounds us with loving friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.
  • He graces us with little joys like the affection of a pet.
  • With each glowing sunrise, His mercies are new every morning.

Yet shining out over all, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore us into a loving relationship with Himself.

  • Better than cards, roses or chocolate.
  • Better than jobs, houses or cars.
  • Even better than the people God has given us to love.

The greatest gift of all is the love God demonstrated through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

That is a love like no other.

  • A love that gives.
  • A love that sacrifices.
  • A love that redeems.
  • What once was dead is alive in Christ.
  • What once was old is made new.
  • What once was lost is found forever.

The Love of Christ

Jesus Christ, a love like no other.

May nothing else in our lives be treasured more than the God who made us, loves us and died for us.

So, whether you are receiving a card of friendship or finding only another pile of bills in the mail…

Remember this~

God wrote His love letter to you in the red blood flowing from our Savior’s side.

Whether you are surrounded by loved ones or find yourself sitting alone…

Remember this~

The God of all creation came for you.

Whether you are adding water to a vase full of flowers or running water to wash a sink filled with dirty dishes…

Remember this~

The Rose of Sharon was crushed for you.

You are loved with a love like no other.

A Love Like No Other

Jesus Christ, the Son of God,

  • laid down His life for you,
  • to cleanse you of sin,
  • to put you in right-standing with God,
  • and prepare a place for you in His heavenly family.

At the cross, the heart of Jesus gushed red for you.

The voice of Jesus whispered forgiveness for you.

The Great Shepherd gave His life to bring you home, little lamb.

Let the magnitude of His love soak into the recesses of your heart.

Let His immeasurable love seep into the hurt places of your soul.

Let His love wrap around you like a blanket of peace, His everlasting arms holding you.

If you haven’t received God’s words of love sealed for you in Jesus Christ, please do so today.

Let Jesus love you.

No one loves you more.

A love like no other.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11 ESV

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1 ESV

Additional Resources:

Let Jesus Love You By Melissa McLaughlin

The Gift of Christ Poem By Melissa McLaughlin

When Jesus Let Go of Heaven By Melissa McLaughlin

20 thoughts on “A Love Like No Other”

  1. Melissa, with words you paint a beautiful picture of the greatest love we have. I never tire of hearing of God’s amazing love for us. The word ‘love’ is so overused and understood in our world today. Most understand love as fickle, surfaced, temporary, but you have highlighted the enduring and sacrificial love of Jesus of which matters most in our lives.

    • You make such an important point, Marcie. We are inundated with messages that falsely define love. It is so misunderstood. When we gaze upon our Savior on the cross, this is a love that goes so far beyond any temporary, surface love we see flaunted before us in our world. Praying for more to receive this love like no other.

  2. What an encouraging post focused in on the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ who willingly gave up his life for us on the cross. The plan was already in place before a single cell or particle of our earth or solar system or ancestors had even been created. What love! What a plan carried out in all the small details and how we are blessed by this every single day! As you wrote: “May nothing else in our lives be treasured more than the God who made us, loves us and died for us.” Amen!

    • This love of Christ, from before all time, is truly indescribable. I love the way you expressed God’s love here, Melinda. A plan of sacrificial love carried out in small details, set into motion before we were even created. May we treasure this God of love more than anything or anyone else!

  3. I remember elementary school Valentine’s Day activities. At the end of the school day, right before time to dismiss, we were allowed to share our Valentine’s with each other. Every student had a brown paper bag that we had already decorated. Each child was given a Valentine. I was a chubby girl with low esteem. So, those cards made me feel special. I am thankful God makes me feel special because I am His. 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing your heartfelt memories, Melissa. That truly was a special day of friendship and kindness. But as you point out, though in our lives, these kinds of moments may be fleeting, the love of God is steadfast and we are special simply because we belong to Him. A love like no other.

  4. Beautiful, Melissa. I remember wanting to be several “Valentines” during my life. When my father was out of my life, I wanted to be his valentine. Dear to his heart and loved as a daughter. In school I wanted to be the girl and friend who’s valentine cards said, “To the sweetest girl I know.” Then, in college I wanted to be someone’s sweetheart. Along came my husband and we’ve been sweethearts ever since. But when Jesus said, “Will you be mine?” as a sixteen-year old girl, it made me my heavenly Father’s valentine, dear to His heart. God called me “friend.”

  5. My grandchildren just brought home their goodie bags from their Valentines parties. I enjoyed seeing all their stuff and thinking about my days as a youth. Now, I want to make Jesus is my forever Valentines. Great post Melissa.

    • Aww, what a special moment to share with your grandchildren. It’s amazing how these little snatches of time, where we pause and celebrate kindness and love, linger so long in our memories. I love the way you said it, “Jesus is my forever Valentine.” Beautiful!

  6. Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💕is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore Everyone!!

    Love Always, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann


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