February 10, 2019
A Real Love Connection
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on flowing in knowledge and understanding. Philippians 1:9
It’s that time of year again. Stores began displaying symbols of love shortly after New Year’s, getting ready for Valentine’s Day. All over the world, it is the day that people show their love for someone special. Valentine’s Day is one day a year when we express love and appreciation to each other, but it is even more important to show acts of kindness the other 364 days a year. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul gave us the classic definition of love. He didn’t talk so much about what love is as he talked about what love does and how love acts: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way, it is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged” (verses 4-5).
God tells us in His Word how much He loves us. God loves us with patience, faith, generosity, wisdom, and grace. God’s love is unconditional. We can return that love to God by loving each other. As Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35). And John reminds us, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” (1 John 4:20).
This Valentine’s Day is a good time to begin showing that unconditional love to others. Forgive past wrongs; let go of continuing resentments. Start anew. The flowers of Valentine’s Day will die, the candy will get eaten. Cards may get thrown away, but the love that is shared with one another, and God’s love for us, will never pass away.
Let us pray: Dear Lord, thank you for the precious gift of love you have given to the world and to me. Continue to let me feel your comforting love in my life that I may be able to express it and share it with others. In Jesus name, Amen.