“It’s Valentine’s Day!”

“It’s Valentine’s Day!”

It is a day to celebrate love! There is much misunderstanding about the word LOVE, and how we ought to define the word.

A great misunderstanding is when we use the word LOVE  to be “Eros,” the Biblical Greek word as a sensual act of sex outside the bounds of marriage. It is sad to see so many define love as sex. A popular sign right now claims, “Love is Love.”  What in the world does that mean? From the signs that you see in so many yards, it means this: “No matter what physical act of sex you have, that is love. Don’t try to dissect that word or act; just live with it and keep your mouth and judgments to yourself. If you don’t agree with our definition of love, shut up and quit judging everyone else!”

However, God defines love in a different manner. God declares that love is “Giving more than you take from a relationship.” God put His thoughts into action. God declared, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

Consider it this way: God created man in His own image. He placed Adam and Eve in Paradise, the Garden of Eden. Everything, including Adam and Eve was perfect. All God wanted from Adam and Eve was for them to love God as He loved them, and do what He asked of them. It didn’t take Adam and Eve long to blow it. They accepted a suggestion that implanted doubt from Satan, and ate forbidden fruit. At that point, God could have erased humanity. Instead, God fixed humanity. God sent His only Son, Jesus, who was divine, to shed His Blood to pay the penalty of death required for sin. God gave more than He ever took from humanity.

John 3:17 declared that “perish” was an appropriate response for sin.  “Perish” meant to be forever banned from fellowship with God. So God speaks:  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him (Jesus) might be saved.” God didn’t want to send mankind to hell, He wanted to show every human being that He had paid the rightful penalty of sin, by sending Jesus to die for our sins.

Friends, you can’t fix yourself. You can’t save yourself. Every attempt to justify yourself will fall flat. You will never understand the completeness of love until you accept Jesus’ divine love. You can’t love other human beings the way God wanted you to, until you have accepted Jesus’ love through repentance, and then faith, that Jesus really can save you.

I love that catchy tune to the words, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…” but it falls short. I think we should sing “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound …”

Jesus Loves You! So Do We!

Pastor Stan