John wrote the words of Jesus many years ago, but I believe we need to read this passage every day until we start to follow the commandment of Christ. “A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this will all men know you are My disciples, if ye have love one to another!”
I don’t know that I have ever seen in my lifetime so much hatred in this world. It seems that everyone has a particular axe to grind and there is no tolerance if “you don’t believe what I believe”! It seems to that much of the intolerance and anger is towards those of us who believe in God. We are called bigots because we believe in the sanctity of life and the celebration of presence of God in our nation. Those who do not believe in God are determined that our rights must be taken away and that the mere mention of God is removed from every aspect of this nation!
And it’s hard to love these people! But Jesus said we must, that by our love the world might know the love of Christ. The Bible says we are to love those who hate us, turn the other cheek to those who strike us, and as much as possible live peacefully among all men! But it sure is hard! But from the cross, as He suffered agonizing pain, Jesus said, “Father forgive them!”
So as we get ready for the “love” day on the 14th, as we search for that perfect box of candy or those perfect flowers, let us take a moment and pray for those who do not believe as we do, pray that by our love, they may see Christ!
Happy Valentine’s Day and God bless you! Brother Freddy