February brings about Valentine’s day. It’s all about love… love…. love.  Jewelry, Hearts, Flowers, Dinner, Chocolate; the list goes on and on.  These are the things we associate with that day.   All women want to matter, we want to know we are valued… that’s what makes Valentine’s day fun; our Valentine showing us we matter and we are loved. Of course for me, I’ll just take a simple dish put in the dishwasher instead of the sink. It’s the little things y’all!  We know what culture teaches up about love… but what does Jesus tell us?  

The beginning of love goes all the way back to the garden of Eden, in Genesis 1:31, God creates all things and says they are good… and in Genesis 3:21 when Adam and Eve choose to sin, He sacrifices an animal to give them clothes to cover their sin because of His love for them. God takes the death of an animal, (and by the way it would have been the first time Adam and Eve saw an animal die, giving up its blood for them ) which He sees as good, and kills it for them.  Love is… sacrificial.

Jump ahead to God sacrificing His son, to cover our sins, and now Jesus has a TON to say about Love.  The Old testament taught us to love our neighbor, after the death of Jesus God adds love your enemies, love those that persecute you.  Love God, love your neighbor, love others.  It seems so simple, but then “we” get in the way.  Sacrificial love is hard because it means we have to give up what matters to us, ourselves. Because we love Jesus, sometimes we have to put ourselves to the side, be humble and show humility.  The root word of humbleness and humility comes from the word dirt, the picture of being low, you  just can’t get any lower than the ground. We  have to choose whether we are going to be obedient to what He’s told us to do , He didn’t ask us to love,  He commanded it. The best part is He promises He will help us do it!

Love is a noun, that love is compassion and devotion.  And Love is a verb, that love does things, it’s love in action.  It’s how people will know who Jesus is, by how we love. John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another, by this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 15:13 Jesus says, greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

I Corinthians 13 spells out love for us, “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 in truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres and LOVE Never fails.  Love doesn’t mean we always feel lovey dovey about someone, but it does always mean we want the best for that someone.

So whether you have a Valentine or not, we still all have the same mission… to LOVE just like Jesus did. Best part is, He is cheering us on! And don’t be scared to Love, for you are valued. Matthew 10:29-31.