The month of February stands our as the warmest of the winter months.
Oh, not in the actual temperature of the weather, but in the warmth of human affection. February, it has been reported is the most popular month for couples to become engaged.
With Valentine's day just around the corner many minds are turned to subjects of an amorous nature. It is only fitting then that we take a moment to consider the greatest love story of all time; the love of God toward man kind.
The First Epistle of John records in fourth chapter and tenth verse these words, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” In the nineteenth verse he reiterates “We love him, because he first loved us.” While we were without hope, and separated from the presence of God by our sins the Lord in His mercy and for the sake of His great love reached out to man and payed the penalty of our trespass. This payment was through the personal sacrifice of Jesus Christ by His atoning death on Calvary. The Apostle Paul clearly states in the book of Romans that this incredible act of love was accomplished while we were the enemies of God.
What a phenomenal love story. Even more astonishing this gift of God's love is made freely available to all who will accept it by an act of simple faith. “ By grace are ye saved through Faith . It is the gift of God; Not of works lest any man should boast.” It is a story of the transcending and restorative power of the love of God. This act of God not only was able to redeemed mankind, but also made each recipient the child of God through a personal relationship with God. What then should our reaction to this wondrous truth. John gives all who have accepted God's offer the following challenge. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
This month of February would be a truly appropriate time for one to accept God's loving gift of grace if you have done so already. If you are a recipient of His love, then let each of us fulfill the command and act as God did in a loving manner toward all! If God could love those who were His enemy, surely those empowered by His love, and recipients of His grace can act lovingly toward those with whom we disagree.