Family Challenge: Love. I do love a good love story. I even love a “B” rated love story. I just enjoy a story about people loving each other well. The leading character can be a soldier, an older person, a chef, a musician, a mechanic, a cowboy, a blue monster… I just really enjoy this story line. Actions that bring something good and redeeming to others. I have my favorites I either watch or read over and over again.
Whether you are a Christ Follower or not, Love is God’s idea and something He shares with us and gives us the capacity to do. Years ago, 1 Corinthians 13, was one of the selections of verses we worked on as a family until we got it memorized. Memorizing these verses was easier than getting the truth of them imprinted deep in my heart. To love the way we are loved from our God is truly a miracle in the flesh. God’s love carries such hope. I love that it does. Rachel, my daughter, gave me a word frame with I Corinthians 13:4-8 written on it. It sits on top of my piano and it is a daily focus for me. I sing it, pray it, and remember it. The truth of the words, “Love never fails”, is so encouraging to my heart. The reason it never fails or never ends is because its source is not from here – it is from the Father.
Today is Valentine’s Day on the calendar. I just want to say, we all can know deep love. We are all loved by our heavenly Father - perfectly. He shows us how to love by loving us with the gift of new life through his son. We can live with such hope that is born in love.
John 3:16 For God so Loved the world that he gave us his only son that whoever believes in him will have eternal life.
O Lord, I would crave more and more to put on love like a garment, that in my contact with people that is what they will most lastingly recognize. (Knocking at God’s Door, Oswald Chambers)
The challenge of love is not only receiving it, but learning how to give it. It truly is more blessed to give than receive. May the Lord continue to help us grow in how to love our families, and the people around us in a way that reflects the Giver.
Sue Peniston • Children's Director