From the Desk of Pastor Mike:
February is a month in which a lot of focus is on the topic of love. Alas, most people have no idea what love looks like or how it's supposed to act. Over the years, thanks to an increasingly immoral entertainment industry, love has become synonymous with cozy feelings. Oh....and sex.
Today a lot of people are operating on the notion love is some mysterious thing that "just happens" and over which you have no control.
The Bible, on the other hand, gives a very different picture of love than our world's view. In 1 Corinthians 13 we read, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." Whoa, are we talking about behavior choices here? Yep, check out the chapter, it's all there.
Oddly enough, even Christians have bought into this idea that love is just warm fuzzy feelings and if you don't have "the feeling," then you can't possibly love someone anymore. But love is not a feeling. The Bible says it's a a choice.
Sometimes I struggle with whether I do this "Christian life" thing and loving others the way I'm supposed to. And usually, in the middle of my doubts the Lord reminds me it really isn't all that complicated. Mike, it's a choice, so quit whining and start loving others....period. Make a choice.
Happy Valentine's Day,