Live Obediently Value Everyone
One of the days celebrated worldwide is held during this month. According to statistics, approximately 150 million cards are exchanged; 58 million pounds of chocolate and 198 million roses are sold.
All in honor of love on this designated day called Valentine. It is when individuals express, enjoy and exhib their love with persons they either have a romantic or familial connection. But think about it, why is so much attention given to this one day out of the year to display love? What about the rest of the year? And, what about showing love to those whom you have no connection with? After all, Jesus gave us clear instruction to do so.
Consider what is written in John 13:34-35, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Are you abiding by that commandment? Will others recognize you as a disciple of Jesus because of love for one another? What about what He tells us in 1 John 3:18, "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." Do your actions represent your love or is your love just in words? Brothers and Sisters let us actively love one another. We can begin by:
- Expressing our love by serving others. Jesus did it --- He washed His disciples' feet. "After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him." John 13:5
- Enjoying our love by sharing the Gospel. Jesus did it --- He went about preaching. "Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God." Luke 8:1
- Exhibiting our love by making a sacrifice. Jesus did it --- He gave His life for us. "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." 1 John 3:16
Jesus told his disciples, "I have set you an example that should do as I have done for you" John 13:15. Remember, love is an action word and is not limited to this one day. Let us follow Jesus' example of love every day. Will you love as Jesus loved?
This Month's Scripture Reading
1 John 4:7-11
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.