Put On Love

Hi, Everyone!

Today is Valentine’s Day.  Heart day.  A day of love and possibly romance.  But what if we concentrated just for a day on loving others the way the Bible proposes?  On Sunday, I witnessed a really cool and authentic example of God’s love showered on another person.  Mary Grace (Jewel to a select few) sang a solo in church.  Afterwards, as you might expect, many people lavished compliments on her as they hugged and assured her that she was wonderful.  I was one of her blindly adoring fans.

As I gushed over this lovely child of 8 years, I caught a glimpse of her 10-year old brother sulking in a back pew.  Curious as to why, I asked Mary Grace what was wrong with Charlie.  She said, “Oh, Mimi, I’m pretty sure he’s sad because no one’s paying any attention to him and complimenting him.  Would you go over to him and show him some love?”  Oh, from the mouths of babes.

Two things: Jewel recognized the fact that her brother was hurting, justified or not.  Score one.  Secondly, she willingly dismissed her adoring grandmother to tend to the needs of her brother…a brother, by the way, who is typically less than kind to his lil’ sis.  The rivalry is pretty intense, and he spares her little if any grace on a day to day basis.  Score two.

In her tenderness, Mary Grace reminded me of Colossians 3:12,13 “Therefore, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bearing with one another and forgiving each other whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as Christ forgave you, so you must also.  And beyond all these things, put on love which is the perfect bond of unity.”  I saw in my precious granddaughter the kind of love that is perfection.  It’s not the Valentine’s Day kind of love that ebbs and flows.  Rather, it’s the divinely ordained love that reaches beyond human frailty and reason.  A love that is unconditional, tried and true.

So I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day, but not in the traditional sense.  I wish you a day filled with God’s perfect love.  That’s worth even more than chocolates, roses and fickle hearts that often fade with time.  May you bask in the knowledge that you truly are His Valentine every day.

In His love,

Barbara Beck

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