Today, I was going to do my usual Weekend Coffee Share but then decided to write on Love and Valentines. I listened to the sermon from my old church in Florida via my computer this morning and my pastor was preaching about LOVE. This was the type of love that Jesus and God believe in…”loving […]
Today, I was going to do my usual Weekend Coffee Share but then decided to write on Love and Valentines. I listened to the sermon from my old church in Florida via my computer this morning and my pastor was preaching about LOVE. This was the type of love that Jesus and God believe in…”loving your neighbor” love. With Lent just starting this last Wednesday for 40 days preparation for Easter, what would it be like to love one another for 40 days?
Bear with me as I express my Christian views about love since it is Valentine’s Day. I do this not because I want to convert you from your own religion because I believe that LOVE is part of all religions of the universe. It is just that I can only speak honestly with integrity from my experience which is Christian.
1st John 3:11 says,
“11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
and verses 18-22 say,
“18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.”
“21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.”
So love is more than just Valentine romantic love but love even of those who we do not particularly like. It is a love of compassion toward others being able to see them through God’s eyes…to see beyond their sin. To care for them and love them and show compassion toward even the loveless. That is what is called for.
I want to challenge you to look at love differently during this next 40 days of Lent. Look at love as God looks at it and calls us to love…with compassion and understanding. That doesn’t mean that we have to love their sin. No. But see beyond the sins as God does and love the person beyond the sin as God would. Show your love and compassion through your actions toward them. Pray for them. Offer assistance to them. Support them financially if needed. Open your heart to them. See them as God sees them.
After 40 days, see if you don’t experience love differently. See if you don’t see that love is a 24/7 action 365 days a year and not just one day, Valentine’s Day commercialized by society to make money.
That’s my lenten promise…how about you?
Happy Valentine’s Day and God Bless You,