Since February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is a day set aside to express “love” to your spouse, parents, children, grandparents, and friends, it made me think about “love” and why it’s important to love others.
Growing up, my parents taught me the importance of loving others. They believed in this value, they talked about it, they lived it and they tried to pass it on to me, my sister, and my brother. I also learned, as a child, that the Bible places a high priority on loving others. Paul said, “These three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).
I’m sure we can all agree that loving others is the right thing to do. But, it’s not always easy, is it? At times, people are hard to love and situations create emotions and actions that are NOT loving. There are times when I look back on an experience and realize that I could have been more loving. Despite my upbringing, and deeply held beliefs, I must admit I am still not as full of love for others as I’d like to be, or as I ought to be. How about you?
Turning to the Bible, we see that six of the Ten Commandments are about acting in a loving way towards others. On one occasion Jesus said to his followers, “The way that people are going to know you are my disciple is by your love for one another” (Jn. 13:35). Jesus asks us to think of others before ourselves and to show His love to them. And, He made things clear when he said, “The most important thing in life above all else is to love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matt. 22:38-39).
How do you think it would affect your relationships, if you took some steps toward being a more loving person? Would it improve your home life? Would it make a difference at work? Would it have an impact at church? The answer is obvious. Let’s all work to be more loving in 2018!