Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Who? By Leah F.

Love Who?

By Leah F.
Ok, so today is Valentine's Day, and we think about handing out cards and getting those little candy hearts that say cheesy little phrases. Now of course, Valentine's Day isn't a total Christian holiday, but a marketing holiday. But that doesn't mean that we can't make it into something that shows a Christian's attitude and spirit. Maybe, you can show your Christian love this weekend.

Leviticus 19 goes on about how you should treat the people you are close to, and at the end it says; "...but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."  This verse is talking about how you should treat others how you want to be treated. So if you wouldn't want to be called a name, don't call other people names! Show your friends and people around you that you really care for them and love them, show them that they mean something to you. Don't say you are someone's friend, and then spread gossip about them behind their back. You wouldn't wanted tone tested that way

Matthew 5:43-46 says, "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" This verse says something that is hard for us to comprehend. Love our enemies!?!?!? What kind of a statement is that? But, the Bible nor The Lord lies, and here again it gives us a wise statement: love and pray for those who hurt you.
This verse hits me hard. There is a girl at school who doesn't really like me, and she isn't very nice to me. I know she is going through hard times with her family, but it's hard for me to forgive her. But this verse shows me that I should be kind to her even if she isn't kind to me, and pray for her. So I started praying for her, and she is actually started being nicer to me! So I recommend you keeping this verse on your heart, and follow it. Just like the verse says, loving someone who doesn't love you is a great reward.

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Now this might be like "well that's obvious!" but sometimes we forget. We forget the true love he needs from us, and that he needs to be the center of our lives. I know I need to work on this, and I think lots of us need to. Our lives can't be about pleasing man, we need to focus everything we do towards God. Love him with your heart, soul, mind and strength. The Bible says this is the greatest commandment! But God knows we can't do it on our own, and that's we he made it. He knows that without him this is impossible, we can't solely lean on man. If we could follow God's commands on our own, we would he give them? We NEED God, and ask God this Valentine's Day to help you love you neighbors, enemies, but most importantly; ask God to help you love him.


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