By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
You are in the express lane at Walmart when suddenly panic strikes. Sweat drops fall from your forehead as you lean upon the counter full of groceries. Your knees are so weak that you can hardly stand and you wonder what to do. People begin to stare when your face changes color and you look as if you’ve seen a ghost. It is the moment that you realize it is Valentine’s Day and you forgot to make plans for your significant other. Just maybe you can pull off a fast one and think quickly on your feet. On the other hand, it may just be time to learn what true love really means.
Love comes in many forms and usually people can distinguish it from a façade. This idea is conveyed in Romans 12:9: “Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” True love can be felt from quality time with the family. Loyalty to your spouse, being committed in the hard times, and sacrificing to help others communicates real affection. This divine quality supersedes race, religion, and socioeconomic status. The Bible teaches that it is the most excellent way and the number one factor that reveals a Christian from a phony. Can people tell that you are a Christian or do your attitude, actions, and treatment of others say something different?
The purest and most profound model of love comes from the cross. A sacrificial offering for the sins of the world is hardcore proof that Jesus loves us. It was more than words and feckless emotions. This selfless action was full of passion and an unparalleled devotion to all people. Although he loves us unconditionally, this commitment wasn’t a stamp of approval for sin. Christ’s love doesn’t accept sin but rather demands repentance. He loves you like you are but cares too much to keep you in bondage. His passion for you will save you from darkness and bring you into the marvelous light. Jesus will love you out of your sin if you are willing to trust his plan for your life. If you do not have a valentine this year or feel unloved, know that you can find what is missing at the cross. Allow him to change your life and complete the void that only God can fill.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother and Sister in Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])