Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Long-suffering is love enduring. Kindness is love’s touch. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s self forgetfulness. Self control is love holding the reigns. Donald Barnhouse
With few days to the popular St. Valentine’s Day, I tried remembering if I ever presented a gift to someone to mark Feb 14. Yes, I once did in Secondary School to someone ‘special’ then- no longer special.
That was all I knew then about St. Valentine’s Day. Then in Secondary School, it was always tales of who got what, the highest receiver of gifts . That was my vague knowledge in action. This vague knowledge still abounds in many. However, St. Valentine’s exploits in the days of old is worth emulating. Christ’s love unto mankind is not worth losing for any penny.
As the world celebrated St. Valentine’s Day yesterday, I began to question the attention always given to Feb 14. This date means a whole lot to several people. Those in the world have indeed singled this day for what one can think of. Should love only be shown on Feb 14?
Oh No, never! At least for Christians, LOVE is never tied to a day. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” Galatians 5:22-23.
The love the world can ever give is unmatchable to God’s kind of love. God’s kind of love is explicit, no strings attached. His love is the reason we live. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Man before then had lost his place due to disobedience. Yet, Christ’s love singlehandedly changed the situation. So tell me which love matches that of MY FATHER?
The church in Corinth indeed received an exposition on the topic LOVE by Brother Paul. In 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 the nature of love expected of us as Christians is written in clear language. Despite your display of excellent tongues, lack of love only places you on the level of the cymbals struck by a skilled drummer during a worship service. The cymbals add to the glamour of the drum and its sound dies off quickly.
Love beareth all things. HardTalk! Despite the amount of rubbish thrown at us, LOVE requests we bear all. In this tenure of the Revelation of Christ, our growth in matters of the kingdom cannot be attained without LOVE. Yes, Love.
Christ’s Love is unconditional. His love to us has no strings attached. Do we still express love in order to get a return? Is our love towards those around us done because of the reward we expect. This shouldn’t be.
As St. Valentine’s Day was marked yesterday, have it that Love isn’t expressed just on a day. Love is expressed every day.