God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
(1 John 4:12, NIV)
Actually, when we think about it this way, it’s not much of a stretch to see parallels with our relationship with God and God’s will for our relationships with one another. We, as followers of Jesus Christ take seriously our understanding that “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) and know its importance in our lives. The author Stephen Doughty writes, “If love flows among us, even briefly, God is there—in traffic jams, in places of staggering beauty, in the realms of darkest communal pain. If we find ourselves bound together even momentarily, God is present. We taste with our spirits the community God longs to build.”
Perhaps it could be as simple as making a point of saying “hello” to at least one person you have never really talked with before. Or maybe finding someone sitting by themselves and asking to sit with them. Or perhaps volunteering to stand at an entrance door one Sunday a month and warmly shake the hand of every person who comes through that door that morning. I expect your head is swimming with many others ideas, for with all the love we have to share we have countless opportunities to be Expressions of Love in this place.
And so, may every day be Valentine’s Day … make that Express Your Love of God Day. And as you express such love, may you as well be the recipient of such expressions. For in doing so, we express God’s love to one another, and “God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
Peace and blessings to you, your families and friends … Pastor Bob