(From Valentine's Sunday 2015 at Faith Chapel, Coral Springs, Florida)
Valentine’s Day brings out the best in everybody: Husbands, wives, fiancés, boyfriends and girlfriends. On Valentine’s Day we all shower those that we love with gifts: flowers, chocolates and so on. On Valentine’s Day we all put our best foot forward and do our very best at showing the people we love, that we love them. On Valentine’s Day we live and love the way that we’re supposed to all year round.
I’m not going to put anybody on the spot, but guys, when was the last time you brought your wife or girlfriend a dozen roses or a box of chocolates, just because? Wives, when was the last time you made a special dinner or breakfast in bed for your husband? You see, we’re supposed to show our love, not just one day a year but consistently, year round. As my grandmother used to say, “The proof is in the pudding”.
That reminds me of a story about a little girl who was invited for dinner at the home of a friend. The vegetable being served was broccoli and the friend’s mother asked if she liked it. “Oh, yes,” the child replied politely, “I love broccoli!” But when the bowl of broccoli was passed around, she declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved broccoli.” The girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes ma’am, I do, but not enough to actually eat it!”
How do you show your love on a consistent basis? So often we love like that little girl loved broccoli: We love in theory, but when it comes right down to it, we maintain a safe distance – we don’t want to lose our macho and get all mushy. In the words of the Apostle John, in 1 John 3:18, we love in word, but not in deed and truth. You see, the proof of our love is in the pudding – the proof is manifested in our actions. What does your love look like?
What does biblical love look like? We know that our relationships in the family need to be marked by love. Husbands, are to love their wives. But, wives, too, must love their husbands. Parents and children, brothers and sisters, must love one another. But how do we know what such a love looks like in everyday attire?
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