LETTER FROM THE GM
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
As I watch the news, I see a divided country with so much hate, so much derogatory speech, so many accusatory innuendos and lack of common respect for each other. I remember a friend one time saying, "Were’s the love?"
If we truly have love, then we must have respect for each other. The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both. (1 John 4:21 The Message).That doesn’t mean we have to agree with everyone, but we can respectfully disagree.
Another dear friend once said, "People’s opinions are like belly buttons - everyone has one!" Unfortunately, social media like Facebook, Twitter and etc., has given everyone a voice. That’s not totally bad on the surface. But our comments about each other, or to each other, have come without us using our individual filters of stopping hurtful words before they are spoken. Cyber bullying in our schools is rampant. I have seen devastating, hurtful things said in my own family! So I ask, "Where’s the love?"
The Word of God says, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8 (NIV). Another important verse says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)
Isn’t the above verse truly about Valentines Day? It is not just about giving candy and flowers to the one we love. It is about encouraging others with uplifting words and living our lives in a Christ-like manner. So, as we celebrate Valentines Day, why not give the gift of love through our actions and words so people don’t have to pose the question, "Where’s the love?"