Thought for the Month (February 2018)

Perhaps the most memorable date in February is the 14th - St. Valentine's Day. A day associated with romantic gestures, elaborate cards with big red hearts, boxes of chocolates and out of season red roses costing the earth.

Love is so much more, however, than romance. For love in its very broadest sense is at the heart of Christianity.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life."
As Christians it is important for us to tell this story in word and action in our own lives.

So this February let us take the Biblical injunction about love more seriously. Let us look beyond the hollow romance to truly put love at the centre of our community; sacrificial, hard love that demands we take it seriously. Let us not only read and say together the words from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, but truly aim to live them out. Maybe then the Kingdom of God will draw just a little closer:

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Rev. Helen Warmington

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