I could go on and on about how to woo your beloved or give extra snuggles to your favorite kiddos. I could share how to spend extra time in service to neighbors or bake delicious and fattening treats. All of this sounds wonderful and tempting, but I personally find myself leaning towards rest at this time of year.
Most of us have been bundled up in our homes due to frigid cold or extra snowfall. For us in warmer climates, we are still battling unseasonable weather and winter illnesses. It’s just the time to be homebodies.
As we open up our Valentine chocolates and binge on too much sweets, let us reflect on something so much sweater, God’s love. It is because of him that we want to serve, woo, snuggle and enjoy love.
Let us enjoy some Biblical examples and truths of love this month. May we be open to these words and to share them with our loved ones.
1 John 4:19
“We love because he first loved us. “
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us
1 John 4:7-12
Dear friends: let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. https://youtu.be/xrusZ-MkTn4