YORK TOWN CRIER ARTICLE
Written by Pastor Stuppy
February 11, 2012
Love is at the heart of Valentine’s Day and our life as a child of God.
"Will you be my valentine?" That's the question everyone is asking each other this Valentine's Day. Tradition has turned this day into a day for sweethearts. It's an opportunity for a young shy boy to let some girl know that he has a crush on her. It's a day for those dating to express their fondness for each other. Husbands may find themselves in deep trouble if they forget to do something for their wife on this special day and vice versa.
It's nice to express our love for each other. Husbands and wives may go days, weeks, or even months on end without expressing their love for one another. Friends may simply take their friendship for granted. They never let their friend know how much their friendship really means.
Telling someone that we love them, that we value their friendship is something that should be a regular part of our life. How much better off we would be if we regularly told others how much we cared for them. Wouldn't marriages be much healthier if spouses expressed their love every day? If candy, flowers, or cards were not given simply on anniversaries, birthdays, or on Valentine's Day?
We need to have more love for one another. After all, isn't that one of the marks of a child of God? Read the epistles of John. Read the Lord's words in the gospels and over and over again you will find the call to show love to everyone, even our enemies. Take note that the love of romance or friendship is not the type of love God calls for in his followers. It is a special love, divine love, love that comes from God and dwells in the hearts of those who believe in him. "God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son that whosoever believes in him shall have eternal life" (John 3:16). That’s the kind of love God is talking about. That’s the kind of love God wants you to show to those around you.
Is that how you feel? Is that what you do? Look into your heart, deep inside, and explore your feelings. Think about the people around you. Do you love them or simply put up with them? Do you love all people, like Jesus asks, or are you selective? Do you find reasons or excuses for withholding your love from some?
Like his Father, Jesus showed us what our love is to be like. We see his love in the tears he shed for those who rejected him as he wept over the city of Jerusalem. We see his love as he reached out to Judas and sought to rescue him before it was too late. We see his love for the world as he laid down his life on the cross.
Unconditional love - that's what Jesus showed us. It is love that has no strings attached. His love reaches out to you and me in spite of what we have done, thought, or said. He loves us even though we are sinners through and through. How can that be? I don't know. All I know is that he does. He loves because that is his nature. "God is love."
Let this Valentine's Day be a reminder of God's call to love all people just as he loves each one of us.