And I LOVE it! … no pun intended of course.
Today is a great day, and not just for couples. But for everyone! Today is a day we celebrate love. And that isn’t something that only two people share. Family, friends, and even strangers can share in the bond of love.
Galatians 5:13 says “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (NKJV)
Love is a way to show we care. Love is a lifestyle. Love is serving. Love isn’t just an emotion. In fact, true love, really isn’t about emotions at all. They don’t say that the last two words of your life are “I do” for nothing you know. But what they usually leave out is that its just the start of a new life. A life that involves two people serving each other, and in time, new members joining in. (YAY KIDS)
Jesus said that “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13, NLT)
And because of love for us, He died on the cross. For enemies. Not friends. But those who were at complete enmity with Him. Because of Christ’s love, there is no reason for us NOT to love. He loved the whole world, every person so much that He was willing to bear the cross, the weight of the world on His shoulders, and become sin.
For love of Him, we should be willing to go any distance He asks, bearing the burdens He gives us with gladness and joy.
Like I said. Today isn’t just a day for couples. And it isn’t a day to be made painfully aware that you are single.
Today is a day when we celebrate love. I really think we should celebrate Valentine’s day every single day of the year. If that’s too much for you, then at least think about celebrating love. Cause I mean, if it wasn’t for love, you wouldn’t be reading this, because you wouldn’t even be here. *wink*
What I challenge you to do is to love. Everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have someone special in your life or not. Love is love. Not an all touchy feely gooey emotion. (though that can be quite enjoyable I hear. 😉 ) but just being there for family, friends, and strangers. Love them. Serve them. As Christ. The world is His valentine. His gift He gave long ago. His life, for ours.
I could write on. But I am going to try and live this out today. So I better get going, and not spend hours writing a blog post, right?
So I leave you with that challenge. And a question.
Be my valentine? (in a non creepy, platonic, let me love you cause I’m that kind of person way. 😉 )
Love you all,