Love for all
Did you pass out Valentine’s treats in school when you were young? Remember how you gave a card to every classmate no matter what? Every kid received Valentine’s love without discrimination.
Now we’re grown up, and love doesn’t work that way. We show love only to the people we like and to the ones who will reciprocate that love. The writer of Hebrews suggests a different approach to challenge and encourage us: “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers. . . . Continue to remember those in prison . . . and those who are mistreated” (Hebrews 13:1-3).
How do your actions stack up against those verses? Do you treat a stranger at the grocery store with less respect than you treat your best friend? Do you shy away from the new guy at your church who just got out of jail for drunk driving? Do you watch the woman with a disability who lives in your neighborhood walk blocks and blocks to buy her groceries without ever offering her a ride? Do you join in the gossip about the single mom at your child’s school? There’s not one of us who hasn’t failed in this area of Christian living.
This Valentine’s Day, pause and consider how you might show love to everyone. If you need a role model or some good ideas, look no further than your Savior as the ultimate example.
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