It’s that time of year! Valentine’s Day! I enjoy giving gifts to family and friends on this day. I understand, it’s a commercialized holiday; but I also like to remind those I care about that I love them.
I believe that love is an action, not a feeling. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 states this about love: Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all thing, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
We can choose to show love even when we don’t feel like it. I have felt anger towards someone and didn’t really feel like loving them. It’s hard, I get it. But we can still choose to be kind.
As February is also Black History Month, I’m reminded of the great civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. stating the inspirational quote, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only Love can do that.” When you’re in a heated argument, do you notice that spewing more hateful words only stirs up the other person? But saying something kind can often calm them down.
Showing love can be difficult, especially with difficult people. If we’ve been hurt by someone, we often want to put up walls to protect ourselves or get vengeance in hopes that they’d feel the same hurt that we experienced. However, when people think about who shows the most loving kindness towards all people, even enemies; we often think of Jesus.
Jesus had many enemies. When the Romans arrested him, Jesus didn’t fight back or run away. He allowed the Roman soldiers to arrest him and put him to death. One sign of love that Jesus had shown was when he was hanging on the cross and stated regarding the Roman soldiers, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.
Jesus showed all of us the ultimate kind of love by dying on the cross for our sins. When I am feeling unloving towards others, I need to remind myself of what Jesus did for me and everyone. I also repeat the Luke 23:34 scripture because I know many people who do harmful things towards others may not know what they are doing.
I pray that during this Valentine’s Day, you choose to show love, especially towards those whom you may not feel like loving. Often those are the people who need God’s love and yours, the most.❤️ And remember God Loves You!