HAPPY FEBRUARY!!!! What do you think of when you think of this month? For me it's Valentine's Day, the color red and hearts. Hence why it's also Heart Association month! And even though Valentines day is pretty much just a holiday made up by Hallmark I love it. And being a single girl you would think I would hate it, most single girls do anyway. But it's not a holiday just based on love for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or person you're dating. It's about LOVE....is that the only person that you love in your life? If it is, I feel pretty sorry for you. My love isn't just meant for one person, it's to be shared with the world!
I've given myself a little task for February as far as Facebook is concerned. I will write a status everyday for this month but they have to do with love. Then I started thinking what about taking it a step farther and sharing bible verses on love! I'm three days in and I'm loving it! So far I have used....
*FEB 1-"We love because He first loved us" 1 John 4:19
*FEB 2-"This is my command: Love each other" John 15:17
*FEB 3-"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them....But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High,because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful,just as your Father is merciful" Luke 6:32-36
The verse for today only helps prove my point (but even takes it another step). What I was saying earlier, God didn't make us to love one person. He tells us to love each other! But then todays verse tells us to not only love each other but to love our enemies. It's easy to love those who love us but the true test is to love someone who isn't so in to us, or doesn't like us or even hates us. Do you know how hard it is to love someone you don't even know. Or maybe it's even harder to love a person that is mean to you or has hurt you in some way. Do you see in this passage it tells us that we have to love our enemies and give without expecting anything in return....weather that be doing something nice, a thank you, or even giving love and not receiving it back. I think this is one of the hardest things we are supposed to do. We wanted to be recognized for the good things that we do but God even tells us that that's not what love is about. True love is being able to love ALL, friend or enemy. God isn't a judge of our actions, He is a judge of our hearts. So even though we may say we love someone He can tell by our hearts if we are telling the truth. He asks us to show the same respect and grace that gives to us.
So from February until forever I'm gonna love like Jesus. Love all....it is His greatest commandment.