Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 10, 2010

Valentine’s Day

1 John 4:16  God is love and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

 Sunday is Valentine’s Day.  I will be preaching on the book of 1 John.  It is the “Love Book” because it has the word “love” in this short book more than any other book in the Bible.  There are many meanings of the word “love.”  1 John uses two forms of the word.  “Phileo” means to love in an impulsive ways such as between brothers and sisters.  “Agape” means affection, benevolence, good-will, high esteem and concern for the welfare of another.  This love is deliberate and purposeful.  This is the type of love commanded in scripture.  Emotions cannot be commanded but the aspects of “agape” love can.  This type of love is a choice of action. 

 This week, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, I am writing a love letter to God.  I encourage you to try this.  We all like to receive word of love from those we love.  God is no different.  He likes to hear our words of love for Him.  Take time to write Him about the love you have for Him grown in your heart.

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