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Show Christian Love on Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is a day that can hold many hopes and expectations. But hope doesn’t always match reality, does it?  Maybe when February 14th arrives, there are no flowers, candy, card or romantic meal. Instead, it’s a day like any other.  Maybe you know someone who even boycotts this holiday.

I know that I have a friend who boycotts it.  That just makes me sad.  Instead of boycotting Valentine’s Day, I think that we should seize this day that’s all about love.  After all, God created us to love, to express that love to others and to receive love. He set the greatest example of love, giving up his only Son for us. In Romans 5:8, we read that  “...God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God loves us that much.

An old Sunday School song just came to mind:  Love, love, love -- that's what it's all about.  Cause God loves us, we love each other -- mother, father, sister, brother.  Everybody sing and shout -- cause that's what it's all about.  It's about love, love, love.

Scripture is overflowing with references to God’s great love. I John 4 details the depth of God’s love and his commandment to love others. Valentine’s Day gives us that opportunity to show love to family, friends, neighbors and even strangers.  There is joy in sharing love, both for the giver and the receiver.

 A caring phone call made, a greeting card sent, a batch of cookies or brownies baked and shared, a door held, even an ear to listen—all these kindnesses communicate love.  Pay for the person behind you at the fast food drive-through. What an easy way to share Christian love on any day, including Valentine’s Day. These are all heart-warming examples of selfless giving, of shining Christ’s love into the world.

 This Valentine’s Day, consider the possibilities. Let your words and actions flow from a Christ-filled heart. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (1 John 4:7).

 

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