Around this time each year, the focus in our culture turns to love due the marketing of Valentines Day. You can walk into most any store and you see various shades of red hearts, candy of all sorts, and flowers. We are inundated with ways to show our love to others by what we can purchase for them.
I hope that in the midst of all this marketing we are reminded of where love originated. God, of course, is the author of love (1 John 4:8). The Bible speaks of three types of love, philos (brotherly love), eros (romantic love), and agape (unconditional love, always giving, the love that Christ has for us).
This agape love is the one that God has and continues to lavish on us. It is hard for me grasp this great love that God has for me (for everyone). So much so that He sent His one and only Son to die for us (John 3:16). That is a mind boggling, hard to comprehend love!
Look at what the Bible says about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, 5 does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. …
v 13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
God calls us to love others. There are many ways we can show our love for others. Let me list a few.
1. Have a conversation with someone about Jesus. Wouldn’t you want them to know about the greatest gift ever given?
2. Pray for them often.
3. Do something special for them without expecting anything in return.
4. You fill in this one ……..
Let me challenge you to show love for those around you. Let’s don’t just talk about love, show it with action! That is what God wants us to do.