Look at what love does!

Rev. Joel Gaertner February 14, 2020

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

How are you showing your Valentine that you love them? With a card, candy, flowers, dinner or jewelry?

There is nothing wrong with any of those as an outward expression of love on Valentine’s Day.  But we all know that if that is all you do, your Valentine will likely be left wondering what your love is really all about.

The verse above reminds us that while we strive to show love to our Valentine and others around us, we are acutely aware of how often we fail to show love and very often are anything but loving.

I’m not suggesting that you make your Valentine a card which leads off with the words “Please forgive me.” But Peter’s words do give us a great practical way that as Christians we can show love, Christ-like love, 365 days a year. That is by forgiving others as we have been forgiven. Jesus paid for our sin with his death on the cross.

Think of how many times we pray the Lord’s Prayer and the words “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” come across our lips. How well do we put into practice what we pray for? God forgives us time and time again. Do we share the love we’ve been shown and freely and willingly forgive not only our Valentine, but all those who sin against us?

All of this is a reminder that love is more than a feeling. Love is action. Forgiveness is one way we can show love – one very real and noticeable way.

As you receive God’s gracious and abundant forgiveness day after day, may you be led and empowered to let that be one of the many ways you show love to everyone.

Prayer: Gracious God, help me to see every day the amazing love you show me as you forgive me all my sins. Lead and empower me to show the same love to others as I forgive them and seek to find many other ways to share the love I first received from you. I ask this in the name of your Son Jesus, who showed me his self-sacrificing love. Amen.