Love: A Powerful Word with a Powerful Meaning
by Rev. Sinclair Grey III
The word ‘love’ is a four-letter word that many people take for granted. As a matter of fact, it’s often used without any real meaning and/or expression. For many people, the word love is just something to say. However, when we stop and think about it, the meaning of the word ‘love’ is too important and too precious for mediocre usage. In its essence, love is giving all that you have to someone without placing conditions on its return. Love seeks the betterment of others in which the love of God is manifested in its fullest.
In the month of February, people are consumed with many things. First, we celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month. Secondly, we celebrate President’s Day in which we look back at presidential trailblazers from generations past. However, there’s one day that speaks volumes to people. This day is February 14th, which is called Valentine’s Day. A day of love, roses, candy, and gifts. A day that comes only once a year gets so much attention that you can’t help but sense love in the air. Valentine’s Day brings out the affection in people in the natural. Unfortunately, for many people, displaying love is only once a year, when in actuality, everyday should be an expression of love, gratitude, and affection. In other words, we don’t need to wait until Valentine’s Day to show love, because love is a daily action.
The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It was love that caused God to give His only begotten Son so that we could be reconciled with Him forever. Throughout Jesus’ life, we are taught the meaning of love, forgiveness, hope, courage, and faith. It was love that refused to come down from Calvary’s cross so that we can have eternal life with God. It was love that rose up on the third day with all power in His hands. And it’s still love that whispers in our spirit “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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