Sunday, February 13, 2022
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for one another." (John 13:34-35).
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate our love for the special people in our lives. The Scripture above is spoken by Jesus Christ. He tells us to love one another in the same way He loves us. This is not romantic, sensual, sexual, love; although there's a place for that kind of love in loving relationships between husband and wife.
This kind of love is called agape love, that is, the God- kind of love. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son..." (Jn. 3:16a). True love is giving sacrificially for the one loved.
The apostle Paul describes that kind of giving love. He says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self- seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." (1 Cor. 13:4-8a).
Thankful for God's Love,
Pastor Buddy Turner, FBC