FEBRUARY BRINGS WITH IT MANY EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES that you can read about throughout this month’s Crier. I encourage your participation in all of our Sunday and Wednesday worship and Bible studies opportunities as well as the many of Bible study and fellowship events that are planned for this month.
THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY ALSO BRINGS A LITTLE SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON LOVE since Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of this month. With that in mind, I simply want to share with you some special words from God concerning love.
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH HIS PERFECT LOVE! SEE YOU ON SUNDAY!