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Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Time for Love

When you think of February, what holiday comes to mind?  Probably Valentine’s Day.  There is another holiday in February that might not come to mind so quickly—Presidents’ Day which comes four days after the day we celebrate heart-shaped things, chocolates, flowers and love.

I think the word “love” has become so overused in our language that it’s lost some original meaning.  The Bible gives us a clear understanding of this word:

  • From the Gospel of John 15 verse 9 Jesus tells us: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”  (John 15:9)
  • And from First John chapter 3 verse 1: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”  (1 John 3:1) 

It’s great to celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy or flowers, but it’s even more rewarding and more satisfying when we celebrate this holiday with the love that God so freely gives you and me.  Share the love of God with someone not just on this holiday, but every day. 

By the way, last month I challenged you to read or listen to the Bible just 15 minutes each day.  How is that going?  If you haven’t started or you’ve missed some days, don’t worry.  Just start today.  The goal should be to want to read or listen to God every day.  Pray and ask God to create a hunger and thirst to read or listen to the Bible every day.  God bless you.

Pastor Chris LaBoube

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