Happy Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day generally represents the celebration of love between couples. However, the deeper meaning is that we should celebrate God’s perpetual and steadfast love for us and how we should love Him with our whole heart and love our neighbor. It should be a celebration of relationships at all times even in difficult circumstances. Love  never takes a holiday. We should walk in love as much as possible throughout the year.

Beloved let us love one another: for love is God… 1 John 4:7-8.Thank God for loving YOU . Celebrate the love of Jesus with the lonely, depressed, and broken hearted. Give them a hug, a card, a smile , an encouraging Word or a gift. Love Never Takes A Holiday. Love God, your neighbor and one another. John 13:34-35

God is love and He wants us to demonstrate that love in our relationships with the “saved” and those who do not know Jesus Christ personally. We should live as a demonstration of His love, grace, mercy and truth so that we will glorify Him and so that someone may be saved, find hope, and know that the Lord and someone cares for them. Invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart to reveal areas where transformation needs to occur in you and in the church.

The Lord wants us to walk in love so we can reach out and bless others – the hurting, the homeless and the helpless and those persons grieving from loss of loved ones, relationships, job and facing change. Let’s be sensitive as to how we show love for one another. Bear one another’s burdens (E.g. Galations 6:2)  “Be kinds to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32). Speak without accusing. James 1:19. Genuine love is not easily offended; it does not hold a grudge; it does not place expectation or demands on others; it is not conditional. Love is an action word.

Look at the heart below for 10 Ways of showing love.

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:25-33; Colossians 3:19;John 3:1-21; 1 John 3:1-23; 1 John 4:11,20-21

Repent: Of declaring that we love others when demonstrating lack of love and concern for those who are lost and without Christ; of speaking love, but not showing love and mercy through deeds that touch the lives of those in the world around us; of not loving as the Word states especially within the household of faith , the family unit and our neighbor.

Receive: A fresh cleansing from the sin of not loving as Christ loves.

Pray:

  • Confess to the Lord the ways you have not loved and honored the lost, your neighbor and family members.
    • Ask the Lord to do a work in your heart that will release you from any spirit, thought or unforgiveness that blocks your relationship with those who do not know Jesus Christ, your neighbor and family members.
    • Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower you to forgive and for each of you to forgive each other.
    • Pray for healing of broken or embittered relationships.
    • Pray for relationships with your children and that as a parent you will demonstrate that love with encouragement, time and healthy discipline.
    • Pray that children will love, respect and obey their parents.
    • Pray for the church to be a living force of love in the neighborhood, city and world.
    • That you and the church will be known by your love for one another and for your love for those who are lost and do not know Jesus Christ.
    • Pray that the church and you show your neighbor, those who do not know the Lord, and the world genuine love in word and in deeds.
    • That the church be delivered from the spirit of legalism and released into a Spirit of truth love and liberty of the Spirit.
    • Pray for a deep love and respect between church members and also between family members. Pray for those suffering from domestic abuse. Pray for deliverance, self esteem , way of escape, renewed mind. http://www.ladyofprayer.com/?p=958.
    Pray for our children -against bullying and suicide.or reconciliation where they are at odds.

Linda D. Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” ldfaygo@gmail.com copyright 2017/2019