Over the next few weeks, you will see the word “love” often on your television and social media feed. For some, it is a good reminder to express love, while to others, February 14 is nothing more than a fictitious holiday created by Hallmark. No matter which side of the debate you find yourself on, Valentine’s Day does have some aspects right.
I wholeheartedly agree that it is important to show those we adore just how much we love and appreciate them, but isn’t it important that we show our affection on more than just one day a year? There is a very famous line from a popular movie where the protagonist is given some very sage advice: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Now, the true origin of this quote has been debated for years. Was it Voltaire? Was it Churchill? Was it one of the Roosevelts? No. This quote is based on Scripture. Luke 12:48 (ESV) tells us, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.”
What one thing have you and I received in abundance? Love. An everlasting love has been given to us by a mighty, powerful, and merciful Savior, and this same love is strong enough to turn an enemy into a friend and compels some to lay down their lives for others. However, when you look up “love” in the dictionary, you will see that it is a verb – an action. If we say we love others, yet do not act upon it, those are nothing but empty words with no significant meaning. Many of us say that we yearn for revival and we want the world to turn back to Jesus, but are we showing the love of Christ that has been shown to us? The Lord gave us a great gift which we did not deserve; we must share this same gift with others!