The little plump guy has come to visit, and love is in the air. Can you feel it?
Chocolate-covered kindness laced in morsels of endearing words– today, we suddenly need to express our love for each other.
According to the National Confectioners’ Association, 36 million and counting heart-shaped boxes are sweeping past the conveyor belt in stores across America. In addition, 200 million love-scented roses will be delivered to those expecting some holiday aroma. Symbols of love bought with the dollar; cupid’s arrow strikes, and big businesses grow taller.
Who is this Cupid behind the check-out counter?
Unlike our modern description, a commercialized cherub spreading love through Hershey’s and 1-800-Flowers, historical Cupid had some behavior issues. Believed to be an instigator, a trouble maker, Cupid not only inspired love, but he also caused hatred among friends. This explains the rare museum paintings depicting the two arrow quivers that he carries, one for each purpose.
Unlike the mythological Cupid, whose purpose was for good and evil,
—the enemy that we face is real, and he seeks only to “steal, kill, and destroy.” –John 10:10
Satan wants to steal your future, kill your dreams, and destroy your peace. Not only does the enemy have a plan and purpose for your life, but rest assured, Jesus does too, “I come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” –John 10:10.
Did you notice that John 10:10 starts with the enemy’s plan to destroy your life, but it ends with God‘s rescue?
Friend, even and especially as Christians, your purpose is under attack. Yes, God does have a plan and purpose for your life, and He will complete that which He started in His plan. However, your individual part is a decision. Yes, God does work out our decisions for His ultimate plan, but we are given free will for the choices that we make.
As Christians, even we can miss our purpose if we choose. Are we still Christians? Absolutely. Can we still be forgiven? Of course! However, we can miss the best that God intended with the choices that we make. The Bible reminds us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” –1Peter 5:8 The goal is awareness. Knowing that there is an enemy who seeks to destroy our purposes will cause us to reexamine the decisions that we make.
You can exert boldness in your decisions knowing that “greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.” —1 John 4:4
By doing so, you can create a world that reflects Valentine’s Day every day of the year.