February is love month. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Marketing by Hallmark, the florists, and the candy makers. But is this true love or just going through the motions?
True love starts with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world …” For love to be real it has to start in the heart of God and flow through us, reaching others that He loves as well. That’s what we, His children, have the privilege of doing every day, not just in February.
Yes, we have a Valentine Banquet where all the men of the church demonstrate to all the ladies of the church a servant heart by providing a meal, entertainment, and cleanup. In February, we’ll also cap off Formula for Life where we’ve been saving coins (and paper!) to show love to desperate mothers and their babies. We’ll also be collecting hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child this month, showing concrete love to kids around the world.
We also show love in this amazing church family. Praying for each other fervently and consistently. Fixing meals, giving rides, offering encouragement almost every day of the week. We spur one another on to a greater understanding and living out of God’s word. All in the name of His love.
We also share love outside of our immediate circle. I’m so encouraged when I see our people approach first-time guests and engage them in welcoming conversation. And those who volunteer in the food pantry, Care Net, LeTourneau, and other places constantly communicate the love of the God who saves.
So many ways to share the Gospel through love. See you in church on Sunday!