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Is Love All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Happy February…the LOVE Month!  

Is LOVE all that it’s cracked up to be?  By Mary Zigan

Love can be as fierce as the wind or as gentle as a soft breeze.

Love can hurt, be abusive, get messy.

Human love is fickle. It comes and goes.

I remember exactly where I was 15 years ago, when this thought hit me hard. I was sitting at my kitchen table with an open Bible when the thought came to me : “I don’t know the first thing about love.”  

I don’t recall what precipitated that thought on that particular day. However, I do know I wanted to feel more love. More love for myself, more love for others. And I wanted  to know more about God’s love.  

I am not writing to define and dissect the word or the feelings of love. I much prefer to invite you to meet the Maker of Love. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ. Though no human mind can comprehend God fully, and we cannot define or provide a comprehensive account of who he is, God is love. 

While we may and must speak truthfully about his love, we can never fully fathom it, because it is divine love, as different from our love as his being is different from our being. 

Scripture declares the Greek word Agape as “God’s love of man, and of man for God.” This agape, unconditional love, is mentioned more than 300 times in the Bible. We can know Him and his love because he has made himself known to us in his Word, and he opens our eyes to the Word by his Spirit. This love of God is a free gift to mankind if we will but open our hearts and receive it.  

Scripture is the place to meet and know the living, sacrificial, lasting, divine love of God.  I quote from Romans 8: 38-39:  I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. (NLT)    

I love this Scripture and the assurance and hope we have in the everlasting Christ.  

True confession: I also love peanut butter, croqueting, ice cream, roller skating, bargain shopping, reading…and my grandkids–well, they take me to a whole new level of love. But the One who is the Source of love is not fickle, is never changing, and has truly won my heart. The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal one has saved me for all eternity. My prayer is that if you do not know Him, you may come to fall in love with the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary Zigan

Love is in the Air

Love Is in the Air . . . by Sharon Sheppard

If you were to Google Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day, you’d get a long list of suggestions ranging from tacky to boring to erotic. All, of course, are geared for couples: 40 Amazing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day / Romantic Ways to Propose to the Woman of Your Dreams / Creative Ways to Celebrate with Your Spouse on a Budget, etc.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a firm believer in marital romance. As a speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), my most frequently requested topics are “Is there romance after marriage?” or “How to fall in love with your husband all over again.” 

But since the specific Fruit of the Spirit we are emphasizing this month is LOVE, and the Bible commands us to “Love one another” (John 13:34), I’ve been thinking about people who may not feel particularly loved right now. While the media spew forth a barrage of products and entertainment options for romantic dates and gifts, many people who are not part of a couple feel their aloneness more acutely at this season of the year. 

People in nursing homes come to my mind. People who live alone. People who no longer have partners. I have a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law who each lost a spouse during the past year. And three women from my church lost their husbands between this past Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know they are all hurting. I’m asking God to help me know how to comfort them.

Is there someone you know who might be feeling particularly lonely during this season when so much of the buzz is about lovers? Somebody who no longer feels special to anyone anymore?

How about surprising a lonely someone by dropping by a care center to deliver a chocolate heart and a hug? Or giving a co-worker some genuine encouragement.

Charlie Brown of comic strip fame says, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Be on the lookout for lonely hearts . . .