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From the Pulpit: A time for love

February 10, 2013
By THE REV DON DAGUE - First Baptist Church of Weirton , Weirton Daily Times

Valentine's Day is once again upon us. I am often reminded of the Charlie Brown cartoon. Charlie Brown is waiting to receive a Valentine's Day Card in the mail, but he receives none. How depressing, feeling that nobody cares for you.

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love, but quite often, it is the only day that love is celebrated. Dinner plans will be made, flowers, candy, jewelry will be purchased to show our valentine how much we love them. Maybe even marriages will be rekindled. Everyone seeks to love and to be loved in return.

The Bible speaks of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 we read these words:

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." (NIV)

Without love, the thrill of living is gone, the warmth of home and family is gone, ministry and teaching becomes useless. And greater still, without love, the usefulness of the church is gone.

The Gospel message is love, and we see the greatest example of love demonstrated at the cross, where Jesus died. But it was God's great love for us that sent him there. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (NIV)

God has given us many ways to celebrate love. We express love by the words we say, by our looks of love, our eyes convey affection. When we take time for one another, we spell love "T-I-M-E". On Valentine's Day we will express love to that significant other.

But what about expressing love to God, not just on Valentine's Day, but every day of the year? T-I-M-E. When is the last time you said I love you to God, or expressed your gratitude for his saving grace? Let's remember to take time every day, to send a special "I love you!" to God, through our prayer time, and daily Bible reading. Just like Charlie Brown, God is waiting for your love.

Remember God loves you the most: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13, NIV)

Isn't time you received this great love from God? You can't love anybody else until you have received God's love. Don't let this chance get away, respond to God's great love, allow Him to melt your icy heart. Come to Christ and allow him to show you how to love. Then you can celebrate Valentine's Day every day of the year, as we spread His love.

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

 
 

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