February 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

          Solomon has some important words about love as we reflect on the gift of love during the month of February.  “6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. 7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7).

          King Solomon’s words are echoed throughout the centuries, in sayings, poems, and even in our music.  There is truth in the statement, “You can’t buy love.”  Love is something that needs to be given as a free gift, not some cheap commodity to be bought and sold.  We can read in the Scriptures about God’s unconditional love for us that we receive only through His grace.  Solomon describes that love is as strong as death. Whenever love flashes, it puts off heat like fire and an open flame.  Using that same imagery, he goes on to say that many waters cannot extinguish the fire of love.  And if a person was offering all of his money for love, his offer would be rejected, and he would be utterly despised for his cheap offer. 

          In some ways, even the Beatles got it right when they sang,

“I'll give you all I got to give if you say you'll love me too.
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I'll give to you.
I don't care too much for money. Money can't buy me love”

          So take time this month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, not to get caught up with the commercialism of the holiday.  But use it as an opportunity to express the love you hold in your heart to your spouse, your children, and grandchildren.  As Christians we are given a greater definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 - a love that never fails, because it is God’s love for us.  And we in turn want to reflect that love and grace to the other people that God has placed into our lives. 

 

In His Grip,

Pastor Ryan