Thursday, February 14, 2013

This Is LOVE

This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:10

Love the Lord your God with all your heart.  Deuteronomy 6:5

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered.  It keeps no record of wrongs.  1 Corinthians 13: 4-6

There is no fear in love.  1 John 4:18

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1 John 4:8

I was reminded by a tweet this morning of the purpose of lent.  Lent is not meant to be a time where we do something for God, but it should be a time where we reflect on what He has done for us.  Interestingly and wonderfully enough, Lent should begin right around the time of Valentine's Day.  What a perfect day, among all days, to reflect on God's love for us and the sending of His Son to rescue us from death and bring us into a relationship with Him.  And I'm sure there are all these color theorists who say that red is a romantic color and so and so as to why red is THE Valentine's color.  But I think it has to do with the blood that was shed for us.  THere was love in the blood of the sacrifice of Christ.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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