Beyond Cards and
Beloved, if God so
loved us, we also ought to love one another.
(1 John 4:11)
Those who write, produce, and sell greeting
cards experience a surge in activity in February. Even many
children have developed the practice of giving Valentine’s cards to
friends and classmates. Like those in the greeting-card
industry, people involved in growing, harvesting, arranging,
selling, and delivering flowers experience a busy
February. Cards and flowers can be very nice
expressions, and they might even remind us of additional more
powerful and lasting expressions of love. In fact, the whole
idea of love has come from our loving God and following his lead
can make the love we have for others more meaningful. Here
are just a few thoughts.
Flowers can be a wonderful expression.
God gave us the beauty of nature. But beyond the temporary
joy of a gift of flowers can come so much more. One of the
old adages about flowers is a good one. It goes like
this: “Flowers that last have deep roots and bloom
late. Things that endure grow slowly.” That is true for
love. Love seldom happens instantly. Love that is
really lasting and genuine has deep roots. It may take
considerable time to grow, and it may not “bloom” in a flash.
God’s love has deep roots – from the very beginning of time.
His love was evident from the dawn of our world. His love
became so evident in the person of Jesus Christ. It is a love
that blooms in the lives of all those with faith in him ... and it
can always grow more and bloom more beautifully. People who
are looking for love to knock them off their feet will likely be
disappointed. Those who know Jesus Christ know that God’s
love is always there. They know that with patience, nurture,
and faith, the most beautiful love and the most beautiful
expressions of love take time ... and they are always worth the
wait. Thank God for his gift of true, lasting, deep-rooted,
and beautifully blooming love!
TELL them ...
When love is real and deep rooted, expressions
of love are appropriate at all times.
Doesn’t it feel good to be told you are loved? God tells us
often in his holy Word that we are. But many of us miss
opportunities to let others know they are loved. Perhaps you
have known someone like the stoic and serious gentleman who loved
his wife so much that he almost
told her. Spouses like to hear “I love you” often.
Children flourish when they know they are loved and when they are
reassured of that often with words. People who are ill,
lonely, home-bound, and others who may not regularly hear from
friends and family light up when they hear someone say to them that
they are loved. With cards and flowers and the reminders of
Valentine’s Day, sending an “I love you” message might be
easier. But beyond that, those we know and love need to hear
the message often. God’s love for us is great and
ongoing. It never ends. Christ was the most wonderful
of all expressions of love, and his love motivates us to share love
with others ... often.
Paul Devantier, M.Div., M.S., LL.D
Speaker, syndicated BY THE WAY radio
2509 Schuman Road, Arbor Vitae, WI