Showing love in February

photo-2This month we’re focusing on ways to show love.  Yesterday, on February 1st we posted our first blog about it … showing love through blueberry muffins.  Showing love is something that is not that hard to do, but does take just a little thought and effort; a little bit of time thinking about someone else and what they love.  Scripture is pretty specific about this topic.

2″Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,”

Philippians 2:3-5a

Nothing.  I am to do nothing from selfishness.  Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And that’s why I need the grace of God so badly.  Jesus is our mediator.  He knows we can’t live up to that standard.  Not living up to that standard shows us our need for a Savior.  There’s no way we can reconcile the brokenness we have with God because of our sin.  So Jesus made the way for us to be brought back to God and to be reconciled in that relationship with Him.  Scripture is pretty clear about that, too.

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just (God) for the unjust (us), so that He (Jesus) might bring us to God,”
1 Peter 3:18a (emphasis & parenthesis added)

How amazing.  Jesus is the one that bridges that gap between us and God so that we might have a personal relationship with Him.  Okay, okay, I get it, Holly, but WHY are you going off on this tangent when all I want to do is read about how to ‘show love’ to those around me.  Well, going off on this tangent is SUPER important because God is the author and creator of love.  And scripture says that ‘we only love because He first loved us‘.  We can’t know true love or even show or give true love unless we know Him first.  Knowing God in a personal and intimate way is the BEST way to show love.

Do you know Jesus?  Do you have a personal relationship with Him?  Have you acknowledged your need for His redeeming work on the cross? I did that for the first time when I was 10.  Will you do that for the first time right now?  Accept God’s love for you and enjoy a whole new perspective on love this month of February.

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