Happy Valentine's Day! Are you one of the many people who go all out and celebrate Valentine's or are you one of those who says we do not need a holiday to show our love therefore not celebrating? I agree that we do not need a holiday to show our mate we love them, however I think it is nice to have a day to go the extra step in showing our love.
A few months ago God was really dealing with me about something. It seemed everywhere I looked, there it was again. I read it on several blogs that I follow, read it in a devotional, and even in other places. It was everywhere. God was really trying to teach me something.
The Bible tells us in I John 4 that God is love. So let's do this again a little differently.
"Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Jesus never fails..." I Corinthians 13:4-8
Oh that describes Jesus perfectly! Jesus is all of those things. He is love. Well, we are supposed to be Christ-like. Correct? So let's try this yet again.
"Jenifer is patient, Jenifer is kind. She does not envy, she does not boast, she is not proud. She is not rude, she is not self-seeking, she is not easily angered, she keeps no record of wrongs. Jenifer does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Jenifer always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Jenifer never fails..." I Corinthians 13:4-8
I have to say ouch because that is not true. I am not always patient and kind. I am, at times, easily angered. And yes, I have been known to keep record of my husband's wrong doings. I do fail.
The Bible tells us what love is and it tells us that God is love. It also tells us that we are to be like God. Take out the word love and add your name. Does it match up perfectly? I would imagine it doesn't.
Friends, we need to commit to our spouse, and even to our families and friends, to strive to be like God and to be love. I want to encourage, this Valentine's Day and all the days that follow, let's be love. Memorize I Corinthians 13 and practice putting your name in there and trying to make it true. I want to be like Christ. I want to be love.