Happy Valentines Day
For many of us, Valentine’s Day holds many expectations. Roses, chocolates, sweet messages of love, dinner out….
– EVERYONE, CONSIDER YOURSELF REMINDED –
It seems that in our culture today, we’ve created this vision of an ideal romantic celebration. But the truth for many is that hope doesn’t always match reality. For some, there are no flowers, candy, cards or romantic meals. Instead, February 14 comes and goes like any other day, the celebration is either ignored or avoided.
FBK, let us encourage you, in 2022, to seize this day to celebrate. Why? Simple – Because God created us to love, and to express that love to others. He showed us the greatest example of love, giving up His only son for us. Wow! As a parent, I can’t imagine doing that. 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.
Scripture overflows with references to God’s great, overflowing love for His chosen ones – YOU! 1 John 4, for example, 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, neighbours and more. Though that doesn’t necessarily feel like the mood of our world today does it??
I can’t help but think of the many protests that are underway in our Country right now. And whether you agree with them or not, I would suggest most would agree that there is next to no love being represented there. Please understand, we too are tired of being restricted and told how to live life and yes, many of our leaders are struggling to lead through the pandemic issues we all face. However, isn’t it at times just like this, that showing love is always going to be a better response than blocking intersections and creating additional burdens to struggling families through honking and forcing business closures.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a Pastor and ‘Rebel’ in Nazi Germany) once said this:
“Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy’s hatred, the greater his need of love. Be his enmity political or religious, he has nothing to expect from a follower of Jesus but unqualified love….we are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.”
This Valentine’s Day, consider the possibilities. Let your words and actions flow from a Christ-filled heart. A compassionate phone call made, a greeting card sent, a door held, even an ear and heart to listen—all these gestures communicate love. If you bake, make a batch of cookies or brownies for a friend, pay for the person behind you at the drive-through. What an easy way to share Christian love on any day, including Valentine’s Day….And doesn’t the world need a little more of that today ?
Happy Valentines Day to each of you – may you be overwhelmed with the sense of God’s love for you on this day and every day.
Pastors Marlee and Dave.