Today is Valentine’s Day. To many, today is a day to express love in a tangible way to a wife, special friend or someone we call sweetheart. Today, ladies all over the country will be bombarded with flowers, balloons, candy and cards and other expressions of love that arrive in the shape of a heart.
Love is a wonderful thing; it is God’s greatest gift to mankind. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). As it relates to God, love, and this special day I am reminded of 1st Cor. Chapter 13, known as the love chapter of the bible. Paul the apostle, in writing to the Corinthian church, writes a whole chapter on this subject. Why? Because apart from love nothing else really matters.
In verse one he says “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, as a tinkling cymbal.” In verse three he says, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.” Love is not something that we say: Love is something that is shown. A song is not a song until you sing it; a bell is not a bell until you ring it; and love is not love until you show it.
Jesus himself said in Matthew 22:39 “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. On these hang all the law and the prophets.” As we express our love to our loved ones and sweethearts, let’s remember that somebody around us — some man, some woman, boy or girl — needs to hear that they are loved as well. Somebody may need to hear this from you. We never know whose path we may cross and we never know what somebody may be going through. Our hands are the only hands that God can use to touch somebody. Our hearts are the only hearts that he can use to express his love to a dying world.
On this Valentine’s day let’s be an instrument in the Lord’s hand to show love to somebody. And, by the way, since today is my wife’s birthday and since she’ll be reading this devotional today, I want to say Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s day to my heart, the love of my life, my wife Mary.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.