~By Sharon Czerwien
Don’t worry, I am not going to get all mushy in this Valentine’s Day post! I get it—not everybody is into this holiday. When doing the math, I realized I have disliked more Valentine’s Days than I have liked.
Yet, I cannot help but dwell on what the Bible teaches about the topic of love. In fact, the greatest command in the Bible has the topic of love at its heart. This greatest command is found in the Old and New Testament.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NKJV).
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself…” (Mark 12:30-31a, NKJV).
Love at its simplest form…
This white board picture (yes, the lighting is bad!) shows what is written on our main homeschool marker board. The ideas written on the side are my children's ideas from when we did this lesson at the start of the school year. I hope my children and I will truly learn to apply the following.
It is our duty to:
1. Love God Most
2. Love Others Well
Being sure to apply…
To “Love God Most” infers that we desire to do things God’s way. We can know how to do things God’s way by following what He prescribes (which we learn from the Bible).
To “Love Others Well” is a sure by-product of doing things God’s way. It involves putting others’ needs before our own.
Loving God most and loving those around us appropriately are commands for any child of God.
Whether you are in a ‘relationship’ or not, love does not have to be an annoying topic every February.
Love is a topic close to God’s heart. Pleasing Him and blessing others should be our greatest pleasure. Whether single or not, God’s greatest command to love is truly a precious thing.