February is the shortest of the 12 months, but for us here on the Kenai Peninsula it means longer days and warmer rays from the sun.
Commemorations occur during the month, from Groundhog Day to President's Day, but Valentine's Day is probably what February is most noted for.
It provides opportunities for expressions of love and kindness for those who remember, so here is your reminder that it is coming up.
William Wordsworth observed: "The little remembered acts of kindness and love are the best of a good man's life."
I guess he meant it is best to be kind and loving all the time in numerous, small ways, as well as on special days.
During the Valentine celebration, a heart symbol is seen on cards, balloons, floral arrangements, candy boxes and the candy itself. It is fun exchanging and reading the little messages on the candy hearts. Colorful cards contain romantic poems that give expression to heartfelt sentiments.
Recently, two trains in the Los Angeles commuter rail system were involved in a tragic wreck. Several died and many were injured. A message written by a man with his own blood was discovered on a seat.
"I love my kids," he wrote and for love he used the heart symbol.
Another man wrote a message of love in his own blood several thousand years ago. His love is for the whole world. It is a love that has powerful potential for people who heed and believe.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.
In fact, the word love appears 310 times in the Scriptures. It is a message that God wants to impact our lives. God's love is not a license to live how we want, but liberty to become what he wants us to be.
The Bible contains living letters of love that express his compassion and care for us. The books of the Bible are more than mere words, they are words that work. They demonstrate God's heart of love for humanity.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us," Romans 5:6-8 from New International Version.
The message is simple. He says in so many ways, "I love you."
"Christ brings dynamic changes to us as we obey his commands," Acts 2:38.
Let his words speak to you and let his hands touch your heart with healing love. You don't have to wait for Valentine's Day for that.
Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church at Swanson River Road and Entrada. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and morning worship is at 11 a.m. It is open to the public.
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