Sunday, February 15, 2015

That lofty thing called LOVE

John 13:35
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Are you a disciple of Jesus?  Is it obvious?  Can others see it readily, easily without looking too hard?

One of the favorite subjects in the church and out of the church of God, is how much God loves us.  Whether or not God loves us.  All the things God does to show how much He loves us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 has to be one of the best known verses from the Bible.

It's comforting to remind ourselves about the love God has for us.  It lends a sense of security, strength and happiness to think about how much God loves us, His children, His creation.

Most of us are real pleased to go on about how much we love God, too.  We worship Him.  We adore Him.  We are in ecstasy praising Him and serving Him and glorifying Him and exalting Him.  We bless His Holy name!

BUT.... for the world to know that He is worthy and honored, He asks not that we acknowledge His love for us; not that we show our love for Him.

But that we show all how mighty He is by loving one another.  Loving, truly loving unselfishly, other people is hard.  People are ornery and contrary and self absorbed and imperfect, and flawed and fallible and often foolish.  People aren't always easy to love.  Not even our families and friends.  But we are commanded to love both our families and friends and those we don't know well and those who aren't so lovable and strangers and even those we might call our enemies.

No easy task our Lord has commanded.  Love, not hate.  Pray for not against.  

Be kind, thoughtful, generous, patient, humble, hopeful; giving LOVE to the deserving, the undeserving, the grateful and the ungrateful.  

L.O.V.E.  Not seeking our own, but seeking the well being of others.  L.O.V.E.

On this Valentine weekend, let us encourage one another with this simple command.  Love one another.  

Happy Valentines's Day!
We love you!

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