From the Pastor’s Desk

It is the month of February when people think about Valentine’s Day, giving out chocolates, special dinners, dining out, cupid’s arrows, engagement rings and thinking about love. Puppy love and dating, treating those we care about intimately with kind words and nice gifts. And for those who have been married to the “love of our life” we think about the days gone by of early courting and our spouse who said yes when the question was popped and how much we still are hopelessly enamored with her/him and how the years are slipping or have slipped by… “oh so fast”.

Love should be something that we think about every day not just one month or one day out of each year. Love should be that which drives us from day to day. Helps us to put into perspective our lives. Love, that is what comes first and foremost from God Himself for God is love, I John 4:8-10, Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

We seem to have forgotten that God created us to worship Him and from this flows an attitude that we are to love one another. Jesus said in John 15:12-14, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.” This is not a suggestion. It is a command from our Lord and Savior. You just cannot ignore it even though many do.

Those who call themselves Christian fall under the shelter of His love. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you so much that He gave His greatest gift so that we might believe and have life. Have a life that is covered in the greatest love of all, God’s love. Love from the Creator. There is no love like that love. You can’t earn it; you can’t purchase it or even work for it. It is just free, but it does come with a price tag. Jesus gave His life and His blood so that you might receive it and live forever. And yet, it will cost you everything. Jesus said, Luke 14:33, “…those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” There is a lot tied to this verse but the essence meaning if we are truly to experience the love of God, we will surrender to Him and there will be nothing between Him and us. God becomes our first priority in everything within us.

Jesus also said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That means if you want to experience His love then you must go through Jesus Christ. There is no other way. But once you have experienced His love your life will never ever be the same again. Nothing in this world compares to the love that God has displayed for you. There is nothing that will ever bring joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, completeness or a sense of belonging as when you begin to experience God’s love poured out upon you. His love will fill you and surround you and help you in every way experience life as God intended for you. So, let’s enter February with the love of Jesus and share that love with everyone we know and with all others we come in contact with.

In Him, Your Pastor,

Jeffrey Turcotte