Love

I hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day. I told my wife I loved her, called my mother, and called my sister; I checked off my list. I hope you have plenty of people in your life that you are loving and that are loving you. Everyone, on some level, needs to experience love. Love really does make the world go around.

On this Valentine’s Day, it’s good to be reminded of what love is. God is love. God so loved the world that….BOOM…he gave his only begotten son. That to me is what real love is. We all need to know, experience and share love. We are creatures created by God, in his likeness, and without love, we die on the inside. In our world today, there’s not a whole lot of love.

I hope on Valentine’s Day you were reminded that God loves you. Our relationship with Jesus Christ isn’t based on fear, but on love. The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. Where there’s love, there’s no fear; where there’s fear, there’s no love. We know a couple of things about love. First, love is a verb. Love is something we do. It’s an action.  It’s not so much something we feel, it’s something we do.  Sometimes, you may not feel like loving others or loving your family members. It’s the acts of service and kindness you perform towards them that helps make that feeling come about.

There’s a story about a king who had three daughters. He asked each of his daughters how much they loved him. The first daughter said, “I love you more than all of the gold in the world.” The second daughter said, “I love you more than all of the silver in the world.” Then, the youngest daughter said, “I love you more than all of the salt in the world.” The king thought to himself, “salt?” He was disappointed. But the cook overheard what the youngest daughter had said and he intentionally left the salt out of the king’s food. So, when the king started eating his food, he realized it didn’t taste good. It then dawned on him, when his daughter said she loved him more than all of the salt, she was basically saying, I love you so much that nothing is good without you. You know, God loves you, and we are to love God so much that nothing is good or makes sense in the world unless we are experiencing his love and loving him in return. Maybe you’re single right now and didn’t have a Valentine. Don’t fret because love is something we can all experience whether it’s through the love of a parent, a child, or a friend, but most importantly, through the love of God. I remember when I first realized that God wasn’t mad at me and didn’t hate me, but that God loved me.  It melted the hardness of my own heart. Here are some thoughts I wanted to share with you to give you an idea of what love is, making sure you are experiencing it and sharing it with others:

“Love looks through a telescope but envy looks through a microscope.” I hope that when it comes to the people in our life, we are loving and learning how to love. Sometimes you have to love by faith. Hopefully, we are loving others through a telescope and not a microscope.

“Love at first sight, they say, is often cured by a second look.” 

“Love is an ocean of emotion surrounded by an expanse of expenses.” We know love can cost and isn’t cheap.

“Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs” according to the Bible. It doesn’t tally up how others have let us down and failed us.

“True love is willing to help others, even when helping them sometimes hurts us.” True love is what you’ve been through with someone. Love is made visible, not so much by what we say, but by what we do – by our actions.

“The measure of love is what one is willing to give up for someone else.” That’s how we know that God loves us. He loved us so much, he was willing to give up his son. Christ loved you so much that he was willing to give up his life for you. That’s powerful.

It’s been said, “You’re not loved because you’re special. You’re special because you’re loved.” You are loved by God. That’s what makes your life matter. That’s what gives meaning to your life. That’s what makes YOU special today. It’s because God loves you. He doesn’t love you because you’re special; no, you are special because God loves you.

Let me give you something to think about. The early Latin writer, Tertullian of Carthage said that the one thing that converted him to Christianity wasn’t the arguments others gave him for the faith, because he could always find a counterpoint or counterargument for everything they threw at him. He said, “It’s when these Christians demonstrated something he didn’t have.” The one thing that converted him to Christianity was the way that they loved one another.

Jesus gave us a commandment that we need to be reminded of, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day – that you love one another.

I want you to know that I love you through Christ. I hope you are experiencing God’s love and sharing his love regularly.  Go out and share the love! Experience the love and let’s thank God that we are the objects of his love.

Have an awesome day!

Carl

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