Happy Valentine's Day

If there are two things in this world I love, it is 80's music and holidays. So you can imagine the kinds of holiday music I like. If it was produced in the 80's, chances are, I'm going to love it. We have a national holiday coming up. We are about to celebrate St. Valentine's Day. This day is notorious for hues of red and pink, chocolates, etc. Stores start stocking for Valentines day a few days after Christmas. That is how big of a deal we make about this holiday! It is the day we celebrate love.

I'm all for celebrating love. However, the world has forgotten how to love. Everywhere we look today, it seems that we have forgotten how to treat one another. We have forgotten how to be respectful. We've forgotten how to show Christ to one another.

We are divided on politics and issues. These divisions effect everything from the nation down to families being ripped apart because one person does not agree with another. We've lost the art of thinking and letting think. We are so quick to equate disagreement with hatred. We have lost how to agree to disagree and we think that agreeing with someone means you love them and disagreeing with someone means you hate them, when we can actually disagree with someone and still love them. Some of the most important people in my life have views that are 180 degrees in the other direction away from mine--and they are still some of the most important people in my life. We have agreed to disagree. We still love each other and stick with each other.

Above, I said that I love 80's music. Foreigner has produced some great songs. I love the song, "I Want to Know What Love Is." Yes, I'm one of those 80's kids. It has a unique sound, great use of synthesizers, and a good beat. The lyrics are what really get me though. Here is a snippet:

In my life there's been heartache and pain I don't know if I can face it again Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life
I want to know what love is, I want you to show me I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me

We have a whole world that is filled with heartache, pain, and loneliness. Each day seems to bring about more isolation to many people. The world's cry is, "I want to know what love is." And they want us to show them.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus is speaking to the disciples before He is about to be crucified. In this intimate moment with His disciples, He tells them this:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus tells His disciples three times to love one another. "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples..." He ended that phrase not with "if you fight with one another" nor "if you prove your point to one another," but with the phrase, "if you LOVE one another."

Happy Valentine's Day.

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