February Communicator

God’s Agape Love

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all
who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
                                         (1 John 4:16)

February is the month of love. The gift of love is a never-ending gift when it comes from God. So many persons have a distorted view on love that they never find themselves completely understanding love at all. I remind you that Christ’s love is a sacrificial and Holy Spirit kind of love. It comes from heaven above and has no limits. We are to love God with all our heart and all our mind and love our neighbor as ourselves.

The unconditional nature of God began at creation and continues today. Somehow, no matter how much we mess up, God has a love for us. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, never gives up on us and never forsakes us, as we continue to learn what it means to be one of His followers. We are blessed.

My husband Rick and I re-affirmed our wedding vows in Cana while we were in Israel in 2016. It reminds me of the commitment I have made to Rick and the love I have for him. Neither of us are perfect by any means, but God has blessed our partnership despite our imperfections. It is God who is the center of our marriage, not each other. We depend upon God for the direction and the desire to honor each other.

In what areas of your life have you placed Christ at the head? Your work? Your health? Your relationships? Your family? Each of these areas of your life need God’s attention, and that is a never-ending reality. Being a part of a community of faith can guide us on our path to a healthier stronger faith in Christ. Agape love, or rather God’s kind of love, is a deep abiding love that cannot be conquered. The Church is a place meant for such love and community.

I have a question that might inspire you to grow stronger in your love relationship with Christ: “What is the burning desire of your life?” I hope it is to love God and serve God with all your heart. I hope it is to grow in relationship with the One who knows everything about you and wants joy for you. May we each have that kind of love relationship with God.

Think for a moment of a person(s) who exemplifies God’s kind of agape love. I have many mentors in my life who live for the Lord in a way that radiates His glory. The Word of God is the place from which we can meet God and His Son Jesus. In and through each other we can learn new ways to be the church inside and out.

Take a moment to live out agape love. Take a moment to serve as Jesus served. Be good to yourself and others.

Remember that God loves you,
Pastor Karen