As we enter the month of February we often reflect upon this month as the month of love. We think about our significant others, our family, and our friends. We think about all the emotions that come with all the people around us. We think about all the good times and happiness that they have provided. If it has been a difficult year, maybe we reflect on the perseverance it took to push through the past year.
We have spent the last few weeks talking about the word love in two ways: what we have made it today and what the word meant in Bible times. I explained that the word love today is described like the first paragraph. Then I took time to explain that we have it wrong, but that back in Bible times the word love was viewed as commitment. It's a word viewed as through thick and thin. It's a word that has some warm fuzzy feelings attached to it, yes, but that's not what makes up love. Love is there through all things.
As we go through the rest of this month, let's do something a little different this year. Let's go out and make February a month where we go and love God and love oth-ers. Where we show that commitment to God, and we are determined to live out those quali-ties found in Romans 12: 9-16.
Remember that love doesn't retaliate. Jesus was the perfect example of that as we begin the season of Lent. With everything that Jesus was put through, Jesus' response was simple…love. How we love other is a reflection of how we love God. May we be a people that are committed to just that.