“Valentine Love for Everyone”
By Sandra Fischer
Valentine’s Day gives us an opportunity to send cards to those we love. I
recall during my days in elementary school, every class member was expected
to make or buy Valentine's cards to give to everyone in the
class—regardless of how we felt about them. So, I gave one to the boy who
sat behind me and pulled my pigtails, to the girl who told the teacher I
chewed gum at recess, and to the one who threw paper wads at me when the
teacher wasn’t looking.
Today I am still called to show love to everyone, not because it’s the
Valentine thing to do, but as a follower of Christ, I am commanded to. He
said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor
as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (NIV) He defined “neighbor” in the parable of the
good Samaritan as being anyone needing mercy. Doesn’t everyone?
In Matthew 5:43:44 (NIV), he carried the commandment even further. “You
have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But
I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” How
can he ask us to do such a thing? Because he demonstrated what true love
is—yes, Jesus showed the greatest expression of love by stretching out his
arms on a cross that encompassed the world. Through his death, burial and
resurrection, his act of love allows anyone who receives his “Valentine” to
be forgiven of their sins, reconciled to God, the Father, and inherit
eternal life. For me, it means I’m still expected to give that kind of
“Valentine” to everyone.
Lord, help me to show the love Christ has shown to me.
Sandra is a Faithwriters Platinum member and author of the book,
“Seasons in the Garden.” Contact
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