Friday, 01 February 2019 00:00

February 2019

Message from the Pastor

February is the shortest month of the year. Although short it is filled with a lot of activities. The Super Bowl, which claims to be the biggest sporting event, is in February. Another big event in February is Valentine’s Day. What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love is a popular song on YouTube.

Love means many things to many people and as Valentine’s Day approaches we are all reminded that love is in the air. Businesses tell us it is time to buy flowers, candy, heart-shaped chocolates, strawberries and jewelry for those we love.

In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13 is called “The Love Chapter.” It is the most requested passage of scripture for weddings. It says: “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast…” Love penetrates every relationship we have, not just romantic and family relationships but also with everyone we come in contact with. Love should be expressed to those we work with, at the grocery store, and in our everyday activities.

So love is more than how we deal with our relationships with those close and dear to us. Love is not just a word we say but an attitude we have toward others. This scripture begins with “Love is patient.” Only a few of us get past the first statement or characteristic. As we go through each verse, we all have to examine our lives to see if we are living up to the letter written by Paul to all Christians.

One way to do this is to replace the word “love” with your name. Therefore, instead of Love is patient, it becomes Jack is patient or Jill is patient and so on. As we look to Valentine’s Day, remember to show love to those you love by sending those flowers, candy, heart-shaped chocolates and strawberries and jewelry to our Valentines. But more importantly, we should fill our hearts with what love does and does not do, based on 1 Corinthians 13.

The Bible says God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. To be able to reflect love we must look to Christ, the One who is patient, kind and good to us. As we follow the example of Christ we will produce the characteristics of love.

I just want to finish up with something we can all do during the month of February, which is so cool, and that shows our devotion to God. In the midst of our busy lives, we can spend some time reading the book of Matthew in February. Matthew has 28 chapters so a chapter a day will do your heart and soul a world of good.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Kofi

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