Valentine’s Day

            Each year, in the elementary grades, we would have a small party in our classroom to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Each student would decorate a brown paper lunch bag which would be taped to their desk. At the assigned time each student would go from desk to desk and deposit a Valentine’s card into the appropriate bag.

            I well remember the night before the party agonizing over the selection of cards. Each student was to prepare cards for all other students and one had to be careful of the selection of cards or there could be “trouble” the rest of the year.

During the month of February we have looked at lessons pertaining to the love of God. It is great to know the love of God and to know that God’s love is eternal.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:34-35).

The world claims to have love but Christians must show their love. A love which exists in word only, is no love. God not only tells of His love but He also tells through His actions. God created this world for you and for me; God gave man dominion over all things on the earth; God made man a little lower than the angels; God made forgiveness of sins possible and God made eternity in Heaven available. God so loved.

Love is such a wonderful thing. To imagine the world without love is to imagine the world without God. Husbands and wives are commanded to love one another; Christians are commanded to love one another; children of God are commanded to love their enemies; and followers of Christ are commanded to love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind.

The faithful child of God not only gives in love, but also gains in love. In love of God we gain the relationship of Father and child, a relationship which can only be known when we love the one who first loved us. In love of the brethren we gain a relationship of siblings around the world, a relationship which can only be enjoyed in the family of God. In love of our spouse we gain a relationship wherein two become one, a relationship which can only be realized in the institution created by the One who knows us better than we know ourselves.

The song, “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love” is often sung and the statement is correct because “God is love” (I John 4:8). Let us love as God loves, not one day a year but every day of our lives.

                                                                                                Tim

 

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