February is the month of love. Hearts and flowers and boxes of candy abound, and romance is in the air, but not for everyone….
.…so it is a good time to remind ourselves how much our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to reflect that love to each other.
It’s easier said than done though sometimes, isn’t it? As fallen creatures, even with the best of intentions, we tend to disappoint each other on a pretty regular basis when it comes to the command to “love another.” Moms and dads argue with each other and say spiteful things. Kids rebel, rejecting the love of their parents. Family members get in fights, often over trivial things, vowing never to speak to one another. Yes, there are times when rejection from loved ones wounds us grievously and makes us wonder whether we are even worthy of God’s love.
But God does love us! And in a way that it so strong and undeniable it is even hard to comprehend. Paul writing to the Romans said, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing can separate us from the love of our Heavenly Father! We are His children, adopted into His family—a family that will last beyond this earthly realm into eternity!
Yet while we are here on this earth God tells us over and over to love one another. Did you know there are 22 verses in the New Testament that tell us to “love one another”? In fact, in several verses, we are commanded to love one another! Why? Because if we say we love God and His Son abides in us, then God’s love is perfected in us as we love one another (1 John 4:12).
If you want God’s love perfected in you, you must love one another because He loved us first!
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As always questions and comments are welcome. How will you reflect God’s love to someone you love this month?
Category: Relationships | Interpersonal Relationships