God’s Love

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

February is a great month to talk about love.  Of course, we have to include romantic love, but there are tons of other aspects to consider.  Today though we’re going to focus on 2 things, God’s love and our theme for this month: heart.

Love that is abundant, love that is true, is love that comes from your heart.  You can’t fake real love, nor can you really enjoy or live your life without being true to your heart.  Living without heart, you’ll just end up lonely, cold and miserable, doing tasks just to get by, playing nice with other people, and going through each day like a robot.

So what is heart? Heart is love, kindness, grace, passion, purpose and hope.  Heart feels the pain of betrayal and sin, but doesn’t give up on the possibility that love can conquer all.

There’s no better example of heart than God.  He can teach us a thing or two when it comes to being generous and loving even in our darkest moments.  God knows that we’re not perfect people, that sometimes we screw up, and sometimes we even do things because we get dared to.  And yet He still chooses to call us his children.  Children are sometimes called bundles of joy, and that’s what they’re supposed to be. They represent our future, and we should be excited to help them achieve their fullest potential, just like God is about us.

This month, I encourage you to not think about the others in your life that are asking for your love, but rather live from your heart.

Love Together

“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.” 1 John 4:11-12

This month we’ve been talking about love.  The thing about love is that we have it all around us yet it only grows when we share it with each other.  We see love in God’s creation of people, the beautiful animals all around us, the beauty in the sky each day, yet we don’t put two and two together and realize that the best love isn’t what we see, it’s what we share.

Years ago family members would say “you’ll have a better life…” to their grandchildren, and for a while it was true. But we’ve slipped in our caring for other humans and the earth.  February is a reminder, a reawakening, that we need to start living and loving.

There are a lot of uncertainties and unknowns in life, but if we were all to put faith in God, in His love, and actually try to love His creations (people, animals, earth), we’ll have a shot at setting up a good future for our grandchildren. Loving someone else is one of the great ways we can not only connect with those in our lives, but also with God while we’re on earth and He’s in Heaven.

Your loving someone today will not only help to complete you, your relationship with them and your relationship with God, it will connect you to future generations.  Who will you choose to love today?