It’s February – the month we attribute to love, Cupid, marriage proposals, chocolates, candy and “we are in the mood for love”. In just 2 weeks we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It may be just another holiday for us to pass the time of day or month and then on to the next thing. We may trivialize the moment and yet to be honest the essence of love ought to mean so much more, so much deeper and come with such incredible meaning.
God gives us the opportunity to explore His love for us and the love relationship we ought to have with Him and with each other. It is both exciting and challenging as God will deal with each of us on a personal and corporate level the issue of love if we would just trust Him!
The best definition for love is this, “God is love.” 1 John 4:8. Love is both an attribute of God and a Christian virtue. We are created out of love and love is to be how we govern the lives we live. As God created this world, He “formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7. From the very beginning God created us and loved us. From the very beginning a plan was in motion to unite us as His creation to Himself. God’s design – breathe life into dust and create the being that would be united with Him forever. A free-will moral agent that would choose when drawn by the Holy Spirit would if so, willingly take an obedient step towards God and begin to learn what God’s love is truly all about.
We are made by Him and for Him to love Him and learn to love one another. The Apostle Paul had it right when he wrote the letter to the Corinthian believers. I Corinthians 13, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Where does love fit into your life; with God and in how you worship Him and how you proceed in your relationship towards others? From God to one another love is to be the motivating factor to our existence. As the 2 greatest commandments go; we ought to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, mind, body and strength and then let us pour that love into one another.
In Him, Your Pastor,