Pure Love – Valentine’s Day is traditionally set aside for celebrating the people we love. Today, many of us will express how grateful we are for them and their presence in our lives. We will attempt to demonstrate our love in a variety of ways, including cards, flowers, or a special culinary treat. The truth is, we are only able to truly love others because God showed us what pure love looks like. Sometimes I think our attempts to love others, when compared to God’s love looks a little like this Nailed It picture!
What’s love got to do with it? The lyrics to the 1980’s song ‘What’s love got to do with it?’ would ask us to believe that, “love is just a second-hand emotion” and “only a sweet old-fashioned notion.” What a shame that many people today still do not understand pure or true love, and by that, I mean the love of God. What does love got to do with it? Everything!
It was the love of the Father who sent the Son from heaven to earth to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sin. We wouldn’t even have the faith to believe this truth, but for the love of God and His grace. As believers, we recognize that love is not second-hand, nor is it old fashioned. It is who God is and at the heart of who God wants us to be.
The Greatest Commandment is Love. “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” Luke 10:27
We thought we’d share a few highlights with you of those we love and what we have loved doing these past few months:
November – We love our ABWE missionaries in Tanzania and were challenged by the amazing team God has assembled in this region. It was a joy to see them sharing the pure love of God, demonstrating it sacrificially each and every day. Check out just one of their ministries at www.sifathreads.com and see what it looks like to share the love of God in East Africa.
December – Tom loved preaching with the team at Mountain View in Cape Town during the annual ‘Anticipate’ series. This year, we also got to celebrate Christmas with our kids and grandkids on both sides of the ocean. We even got to see our newest grandchild, Harrison. We love our family and thank the Lord for the time we get to be with them.
January – Thank you Lord for the love of both family and friends! Our time in Ohio included: Celebrating the first Price Christmas without Nancy’s mom (they waited for us until January!), preaching at our home church in Columbus, and sharing with students at the Cedarville University’s Missions Conference. We also attended ABWE’s Global Operations Summit in Orlando, FL with leaders from around the world – we love these guys!
February – Last Sunday we were privileged to share our ministry at a church in Coconut Creek, Florida. This church exhibited a love for God, a love for each other, and a love for God’s mission. They won us over big time!
Today, as you celebrate Valentine’s Day, take a minute to thank the One who loved you first, and who loves you still (no matter what!). He’s the one who gives us the gift of love, first, so that we can love Him, but also so that we can love others.