From The Pastor’s Desk – Sunday, February 17, 2019
On February the 14th, we celebrate a day of love and romances: Valentine’s Day. No one knows for certain from where the name and idea came. Neither are we certain why we celebrate it in February. Some say that is on the Roman holiday of Lupercalia, a day of purification to mark the beginning of spring. Many Roman holidays were “Christianized” in this way.
As we consider Valentine’s Day, we must consider Love. We cannot discuss love without consideration of 1 Corinthians chapter 13. This chapter is one of the most famous chapters of the Bible. It is quoted in many weddings, and during this time every year. The interesting thing about this is, chapter 13 has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, romance, weddings or anything else we may try to read into it. Paul is talking about sharing God’s kind of Love through us to others.
God’s kind of love is more than ministry, faith, or the possession of spiritual gifts. God values and emphasizes character that acts in love much more than faith to move mountains or to perform great achievements in the church. Those who will be great in God’s kingdom will be those who are great in godliness and love. There is no way on earth that you and I can do this, however, because the Love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Ghost, Christ does it through us.
But always remember, Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Let us Love one another. That is the answer for the world today.
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor