From the Parsonage...
Well, this will be the second Valentine’s
Day we have celebrated here in Maineville!
Since February is notoriously the month of love,
it seems only fitting to write this month’s
newsletter article about it. The Bible verse from
1 Corinthians below describes the way love should be displayed in our lives, no matter the object of that affection.
Of course, when we speak of love, the first thing that comes to
mind is romantic love, the kind of love between a man and woman that often grows into a lifetime commitment of that love as husband and wife. Although it can start with little more than a heart fluttering, physical attraction, it can deepen over the years into an unbreakable bond between these two people.
Another type of love is that of family, a love that exists between parent and child, brother and sister, or various other close relatives. This
is the love that wants to nurture, care for, and protect those nearest and dearest to us.
Then there’s the friendship kind of love that exists between people who share time, experiences, and interests, sometimes over a period of many years. These friends can range from a years-ago kindergarten pal
to a new next-door neighbor. Although not as intimate a love, this relationship can be very strong and loyal.
As Christians, we add another form of love, agape love! The Bible speaks of this as a selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love that puts others’ interests before self. It stems from the love that exists between God and man, the love that God has demonstrated through His ultimate sacrifice.
As I look around our church each Sunday, I see many examples
of the attributes Paul spoke about, and I am very happy to be a part of a congregation so filled with love…not just on Valentine’s Day but all through the year!
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not
rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes
all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8