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Ahh… Valentine’s Day has arrived.  Millions across this land will express their love through flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears.  I’ve got no problem celebrating a day focused on love… in fact I always look forward to Gary’s gifts because he is so creative and he really knows how to make me feel special on this day.  But really though, this day is just the icing on the cake because over and over, day after day he demonstrates his love for me not only in his words but in his actions be it a dinner out to O’Charley’s, cleaning the kitchen, cooking supper, or even in the way he is now trying to hold his tongue from giving me directions when I drive (now that constraint is love!)  True love is so much more than flowers, candy or even the words.  True love is demonstrated by our actions daily … to our spouse, our Jesus, our neighbors, even the strangers and hard-to-get-along with acquaintances.  Check out John’s words-

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay our lives down for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us love not with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3: 16-18

Talk is cheap.  I can say I love Gary or my children or my church family or my students but if I do nothing to demonstrate my love in actions then I’m just blowing hot air!  The former DC Talk crew had a song entitled “Luv is a verb”…

“Gave up his life so that we may live; How much more luv could the Son of God give?  Here is the example that we oughtta be matchin’ cause luv is a word that requires some action!”

So whether we are still plotting and planning our Valentine’s gift or interacting with the people in line at Walmart or working with our peers today… how can we demonstrate God’s love for them through us?  You know, I truly believe that if we as Christians loved others the way God calls us to none of our churches would have empty pews.  So what are we waiting for?  It’s time to put more time, effort, and thought into how we can love others through Christ… and so live out the Great Commission of Matthew 28!

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