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February 2019

Love is Patient, Love is Kind
I remember as a kid celebrating Valentine’s Day in the month of February at school. My mom would take me to the store to pick out my cards and candy to give to all of my classmates. I remember getting a long list of the kids in my class and individually addressing the cards. I remember as I got older there were some kids who I didn’t like, and I did not want to give them a valentine. My mom would explain that you must give to everybody who is in the class because, if not, it would hurt their feelings and they would not feel liked by you. I remember thinking who even looks at how many valentines they have received because they want the most important thing, which is the candy. They won’t check their list to see who did not give them one. I know when I got my valentine, I didn’t pay attention to what the card looked like or who it was from; I wanted the candy and to me that was the meaning of love.
Then, I think of the passage from 1st Corinthians 13:4-5 which states, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong doing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. The way I was thinking as a kid was totally opposite. I wasn’t really showing others what love was when I was a kid. You might say it was all about me and you would have called me rude, which love is not. God’s unconditional love is not based on our performance. God loves the prodigal sons just as He loves the elder brothers. God loves us in spite of our mistakes. When we make mistakes, God does not cease to love us. The parable of the prodigal son reveals how great God’s love is for us. When I made a mistake, I should have thought about someone’s feelings instead of my own, but the most important part is that God still loved me anyway. God wants us to love others the same way that He loves us. God wants us to love others unconditionally. Someone has said that "God’s ability to love is seen in our availability." God wants us to be walking illustrations of His unconditional love. That is the kind of love that makes change possible.
In the month of February, we will still be looking at the series “Committed to Christ.” We will be looking at worship, witnessing, financial giving and service; I believe all of these demonstrate love. I challenge you to reach out in love to a neighbor you may not know, or even pay the bill for some stranger that is behind you in a drive-through line. God wants us to love all, just like God loves all of us. It is that great love we need to show others.
What a blessing it is to be able to be your Pastor and feel the love you have shown to me and my family since August. Now, let’s get ready to go deeper in our relationship with our awesome God and with others around us.

Scripture for February 2019
02-03-19 It’s a Privilege to Be Here! Luke 19: 45-48
02-10-19 You Shall Be My Witnesses Colossians 4: 5-6
02-17-19 Give ‘til It Feels Good Luke 21: 1-4
01-27-19 Are You Ready to Get Blisters for Jesus 1st Corinthians 12: 12-20

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Debbie Senters