Here it is, February, the month of Love! It gets squeezed in between Christmas and Easter, but it is a very important holiday to remember. Love is an emotion that God gave each us. Last year during February, we talked about the types of love:
- Philio- love of man toward his fellow-man
- Eros – passionate love between a woman and man
- Agape – Christlike love
What I would like to share this month is the importance of love and how it affects (should affect) Christians. God gave Moses and his chosen people (Jews) ten commandments back on Mount Sinai (the mountain of God). The first four commandments deal with man’s relationship to God and the last six deals with man’s relationship with man. The following is a short list of them:
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
There was an occasion in Matthew 22 verses 34-38 where one of the Pharisees was trying to tempt Jesus to error after Jesus made a fool of the Sadducees. He asked Jesus what the most important commandment of all was. By then, they had already made hundreds of laws based on the original ten and no one could keep all of them.
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
Jesus told them and us that the most important thing we can do is to love the Lord our God with ALL our heart and with ALL our soul and with ALL our mind. Let that sink in for a minute. The most important thing that we can do as Christians is to love God more than anything else. More than ANYTHING ELSE. Fill in the blank
This is the first and great commandment. If we do that, we won’t take His name in vain or worship any other gods before Him. We won’t make idols and disregard His holy day. Jesus said that loving Him with everything we have is the most important thing that we can do.
I challenge you during this month of LOVE, to work on your love relationship with God and His only Son, Jesus Christ. Fall in love with Him all over again. We can do that by remembering why we fell in love with Him in the first place:
- He loved us when we were sinners
- He forgave our sins and keeps on forgiving us
- He died for our sins on the cross of Calvary
- He paid the price for our salvation with His own blood
- He is making a place in Heaven where we will be with Him forever
- He is with us every moment of our lives and will never leave us nor forsake us
As you keep adding to this list, you will love Him more with every blessing. His love for us isn’t dependent on our circumstances, nor should our love for Him. He said “I love you” loud and clear to each of us from the cross. Do you love Him today? Do you love Him with all you heart, soul and mind?
Make this Valentine’s Day special by loving God most and best! Like the Hallmark Greeting card company slogan tells us “ He cared (loved us) enough to send His very best.
Til next time, I love you.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Margie