Happy Valentine's Day. It is the day that we set aside to celebrate love.
What is love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says,
"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
And, I will add the first part of the next verse,
"Love never ends."
Did anyone have the idea that love was flowers, candy, and gifts...especially on Valentine's Day?
I can see how you might be confused because the world takes that which is freely given of God and tries to find a way to profit from it.
And, it frequently leaves the world poorer in relationship with God and each other on the other side of it.
Also, is it not easier to pay the price for flowers, candy and gifts than it is to be patient, kind, and not envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude?
Is it not easier to be selfish, moody and ungrateful?
Is it not easier to yield to temptation and the shady lies that come along with it to cover it up?
Oh my, have I messed up your Valentine's Day?
Not my intention. I just want to make sure that we, as Christians, continue to take back from the world that which belongs to God.
God loves you and God wants you to give His love to the world.
So, let us live and love the way that the word of God says and remind the world that it is free because Jesus already paid the price.
Because He loves you.
So, please find a way to think on the God who is love as you celebrate this day of love.
Happy Valentine's Day.
And, I do love you!
P.S. No HOPE Wednesday this evening. Got to celebrate with the First Lady on her birthday and on this day that we celebrate our love. See you in Fayetteville on Sunday at Haymount Presbyterian as we go to meet with more of our church family and help to spread God's love.