With Valentine’s Day right in the middle of February, we cannot help but be reminded that love is everywhere right now! Some of us may cringe at the thought that this is just another way for the card, candy, jewelry, and other retailers to get more of our hard-earned money. Others of us may simply rejoice the opportunity to express our love to family, friends, church members, community members and even to people around the world!
Why do we share love? According to 1 John 4:19, “We love because God first loved us.” Love did not originate with us and ultimately comes from God. God loved us when God created the first human being and realized that the man should not be alone. In God’s love for us, God created a community and world in which we could live. Even in our sin, God has loved us faithfully over time and sent us Jesus Christ to deliver us from our sin.
In response to God’s great acts of love, we have opportunities to show love. Love is meant to be shared and love is meant to be received. As I consider love, I think about the secular children’s book, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson. This book is about one little girl who did one simple act of love and kindness as she picked blueberries and gave them to a woman who then baked muffins for five people. Each of those five people did something kind and loving for five other people and so on for the next 15 days. Through her one kind and loving act, over 6 billion people were positively affected. One kind act even came back to