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Valentine’s Day is over, the candy, roses, balloons, and romance is no longer advertised on every corner. The thought of love and selfless acts becomes something that is put away for 12 months for some. But for the Christian love is more than a holiday or a nice gesture, love is a commandment. Matthew 22:36-40 says

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The question is do we treat the love for others in the manner it deserves? 1 Corinthians 13 gives us the attributes of what God desires love to be. A love that is not of the world but rather a love that can only truly be understood with an intimate knowledge of the love that has been shown to us by God through Jesus Christ. This week I challenged my children to live this commanded love out daily despite what the outside world shows. Not allowing themselves to be controlled by outside sources but rather inspired by the spirit that dwells with them from God. My hope is that each of us will love others in a manner that shows others exactly what true love truly means to us.