February 21, 2017, 4:19 PM

Post-Valentine's Love

By this time, after Valentine’s Day, the flowers have wilted, the chocolates have been eaten, the stuffed animals have been set aside, and the cards are now lost under the junk mail.  How I wonder if our love fades away this quickly with the passing of time?

Sadly, the word love has been devalued in our culture.  We use “love” to describe everything:  food, places, activities… When we say that we “love” somebody, how deep is that love in relation to the amount of love I talk about for hunting or ice cream?

Infatuation and lust has changed our definition of love.  Here’s a thought:  should love be reserved for God and people?  When we use “love” to describe out feelings for people, normally it is because we are happy with them at the moment, they are doing what we want, we are being benefitted… a self-serving type of love.  But that’s not real love.

Real love is difficult to give.  Why?  According to 1 Corinthians 13, love is not mean spirited but kind.  Love is not boastful, puffed up but rather humble.  Love is not selfish but causes us to give of our self. This is counter-cultural for today. Love puts up with a lot of junk!  After all, God puts up with a lot of our junk instead of casting us aside because He loves you.

Practice the kind of love that God loves with.  It is possible to do. 1 John 4:19 tells us we can love this way because God has first loved us in this manner.


Pastor Will Lott