Summary: A look at the real importance of love

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The Importance of Love

Well in case you are unaware… today is Valentine’s Day. The origin of the day is uncertain as there are several stories of how this day came into existence, but the origin is not really that important. We do realize that it is big business for greeting card companies, flower & candy shops and more. All around the world people take this day to tell their special people in their life how much they love them.

I remember as a kid that we would give out valentines to everyone in the classroom. You would get a box of comical cards and sit down at the table and put the names of the kids in your class on them and then take them to school. Then you would come home and open your sack of cards and go through them and then throw them away. It was a very special day for me  I grew up in a home with 3 boys… sweet things were not part of the package. Now once I got married I had a learning curve to deal with. I found myself with a wife and 3 daughters and all of a sudden Valentine’s day had a new meaning… and much more responsibility as a dad. Vida had to teach me the importance of day and instructed me that for the rest of my life I would be giving Valentine’s gifts rather I liked it or not… Actually I have always enjoyed giving my girls things to make them smile. But I will tell you it is different with girls than with boys.

I remember some early attempts at being romantic when Vida and I were dating. In the early 80’s MTV had just come on the scene and so watching music videos was exciting. We would hang out at one of our friends house and we would sit there and watch music videos.

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So I understand about this day of love. But today I want to look at love from another angle or perhaps a different type of love… not the romantic love, but true deep love for one another. Love is very powerful and it is a necessary ingredient, mandatory ingredient in a Christian’s life. Let’s look at a scripture where Jesus is talking about the most important thing of all.

36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39

The two most important details of our Christian life is our total and complete love for God and equally important is our love for our neighbors, for those around us. Jesus puts this so powerfully and forceful that we must take notice of it. You see these are important because what is important to your heart is important to you. What your heart loves the most is what you protect the most, spend the most time on, think the most about and it speaks to you daily. Our love for God and others when giving the highest priority in our life will speak to us in every other area of our life. Love is the most important ingredient you can have.

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