Valentine's Day

A few days ago many of us no doubt celebrated Valentine's Day. Some of us gave a card or a gift to our spouse or a 'special friend' who we are hoping might one day become our spouse. Some of us bought our husband or wife a beautiful bunch of flowers to show them how much we love and appreciate them.

Valentine's Day, whilst being very commercialised now, is a time when we are reminded to do something that practically shows our loved ones that we cherish them. It's a nice thing to do, isn't it? We show our love to our spouse by giving gifts and (hopefully!) they show their love to us by giving us gifts and showing their love in return.

This is great and God loves it when we cherish and show our loved ones that we love them, but the kind of 'love' that is celebrated in Valentines Day traditions is considerably different to that which we are called to offer to others as followers of Christ.

Luke 6:32 (NIV) says:

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!”

We are called by God to love ALL people, not just those who love us in return. It is great to celebrate the love you share with your spouse or 'special friend'... it is a good thing to (more regularly than one day each year I hope, for the sake of your relationship!) express love to those who are most special to us. That is good and God is pleased when we love our loved ones like this.

But what about the people in your life who are difficult to love? What about loving the people in your life who don't love you in return?

As followers of Jesus, we are called to do good to others and love them, irrespective of how they love or respond or treat us.

Let's all take our love for people to another level... let's love ALL people irrespective of whether they love us in return!


Ps Joel Hawting

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