Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (John 13)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Valentine's Day. Do not fall into the worlds trap in regards to LOVE. The world seeks love in all the wrong places.

True LOVE is from God. This is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4)

God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3)

LOVE is NOT a feeling or emotion that comes and goes like a mist. Many times people will describe love as something that they have fallen into. As if you have fallen into the ditch. Falling describes being out of control. God is LOVE. Christians are the RECIEVER of God's LOVE. The church is described as “the Lord’s Beloved Bride."

Jesus on the Cross suspended between heaven and earth is God’s LOVE for you. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5)

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15)

Christ’s Passion – Christ gives His Life for you. The Cross & Empty Tomb of Jesus is God's LOVE for you, forgiving all your sins. God's STEADFAST LOVE that endures forever... The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who LOVED ME and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2)

Christ the GIVER – YOU the Church are the RECIEVER OF GOD’S LOVE. Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle. (Ephesians 5)

Christians live in Christ’s LOVE – in FAITH toward God and LOVE for your neighbor. Be imitators of God, as beloved children. Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5) Walking in love means to serve, give, and sacrifice on behalf of your neighbor. Gentlemen, the flowers and chocolate are fine. But to serve your spouse is more than one day a year, then check it off your list. The life of a Christian is one that is marked by LOVE and SERVICE to your neighbor.

God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4)

Love your family by serving them with God's Word. Love your family by bringing them to church. Forgiving one another as the Lord has forgiven you. Because of God's LOVE, you love your family unconditionally. Without limits. Without conditions. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4) Happy receiving God's LOVE for you in the Good News of the Gospel. Happy loving one another as Christ has loved you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13)