If months were assigned colors, then February would definitely be red. It’s often the color associated with love. When we spell out “I love you” on a note to a spouse, a friend, or family member, we most likely color it red. When we buy a card with a heart on it, it’s red. Roses are… Well, you get the picture. February is the month of love. We celebrate it, give it to others in words, deeds and actions, and we receive it. It is one emotion that reminds us we’re alive. Half way through the month is Valentine’s Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to remind our loved ones just how much they mean to us. Maybe this year you will buy a card with a red heart to give to your mother. Quite possibly you will purchase red roses for that special someone whom you couldn’t live without. And maybe someone will remind you in some way just how much you are loved. Valentine’s Day is a special day. It’s definitely red all over.
When I think of the month of February, I am reminded just how much we truly are created in the image of God; created to both give and receive love. I believe that we can love others only because of His love for us. You know why I believe that?
“We love because He first loved us.” I John 4:19
Our Creator God is the author of love. Earlier in that same chapter of First John we read these words: “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.” (I John 4:7-10)
So, because God loves us, we should make it a lifestyle to love God first, then others. We are commanded to do so. You know, loving God, sometimes, is the easy thing to do. It’s that “loving others” part that can be difficult. There is no denying that some people are easier to love than others. But if we truly have the Spirit of God inside us, we can love all people – it’s a natural by-product of our relationship with Him. You know, when I think of it, I am not always the most loveable person in the world myself, but God loves me anyway. He loves me so much that, on a wooden cross, He painted a picture of that love with His Son, Jesus. And do you know what color He used? Red.
“To Him [Jesus] who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.”
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