As I’m sure you’re aware, this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Even though it’s a day that we mark to celebrate love, it’s the daily expressions of love that make the day worth celebrating. The verse below came across in my reading this week and as I was reflecting on it, the idea of clothing ourselves with love really stood out.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.Colossians 3:14 (NLT)
We all want to live in perfect harmony with the people we know and love and also to see that harmony reaching out to our communities and beyond. Living in harmony, though, starts with us by choosing to clothe ourselves with love.
What, then, does it mean to clothe ourselves with love? We recently discussed in our Sunday Worship Gathering at Valley Life Church what love looks like.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)
Simply, this means to love one another as we desire to be loved, walking in daily communion with the Holy Spirit so that the fruits of the Spirit are evident in our lives.
I know that there is so much here that could be unpacked. My encouragement for us this Valentine’s weekend is to take a few moments to think about those we love. How can we interact with them in a way that communicates love to them? (We all have a specific love language.) Then look for opportunities show them how much they are loved.
Let’s choose love daily and love deeply those God has placed in our lives.
Grace and peace,