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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

What do we really know about love

By Pastor Kitch Shatzer, United Presbyterian Home | Feb 13, 2014

All around me there are the signs of the season: red clothing, red heart-shaped decorations, even red foods. Flower advertisements abound, along with advertised ideas for other kinds of Valentine’s Day gifts and celebrations. They are even busy preparing for a big dance party where I work.

It’s all about LOVE – or is it? We say we love chocolate, or we love to travel, or we love our friend’s new hairstyle. Well, maybe.

We may even say we love our job or our neighbor or our new car. They may bring us a good deal of satisfaction and increase our sense of self-worth.

But what do we really know about LOVE. If we look to the media, or the movies, or romance novels for definitions and examples, we are probably far from the mark of what love can really be.

For the Bible tells us that God is love. And that means love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast. It is not proud or rude or self-seeking. It is not easily angered and 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. True love never fails. Maybe you have heard these words before: they come from I Corinthians 13.

So, celebrate love, certainly!! And make God’s kind of love your aim, not only for celebrating this day of romance, but for loving all those who enter your life. It would change the world.

 

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