February The Month of Love
By Mavis Tipton
Love a small word with a very broad and powerful meaning. When you think of love many things can come to mind:
The love of a spouse, children, friends, church, things and places and last but not least God.
We tend to put things, places, food, sports, etc. that we have a great fondness for into the category of ‘love.” According to one of Webster’s definitions for love is: (a warm attachment, enthusiasm, devotion, or admiration) for those things we put in the category of ‘love.’
Webster defines love as:
1a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child> (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers <After all these years, they are still very much in love.> (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <love for his old schoolmates>
b : an assurance of affection <give her my love>
The Biblical definition for love is:
"Unconditional love that is always giving and impossible to take or be a taker. It devotes total commitment to seek your highest best no matter how anyone may respond. This form of love is totally selfless and does not change whether the love given is returned or not."
I love the Lord with all my heart, mind, body, and soul, however my love for Him dims in comparison to His love for me.
I write this with a very grateful heart full of love for my Lord and Savior. Once again He has shown His love to my family and me, by the miracle He perform in January.
My husband (Buddy) went in for surgery on his carotid artery that the doctors said was 85% blocked. All went well with the surgery, which is another blessing and act of love from our Lord.
There was about a 1-½ inch length of plaque. Wrapped around the plaque were blood clots, and around all of that a mesh like substance that was holding it all in place.
The mesh is a miracle from the Lord. Without the mesh those clots would have broken loose and gone straight to Buddy’s brain.
God’s love was so unconditionally given to us by sparing Buddy’s life. We can never thank the Lord enough for His extravagant gift of love, grace and mercy.
May we love like He does, not just in February, but all year, everyday.
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that.”
Eph. 5:2 Msg.
Happy Valentines Day
God Loves You.