2023 Year in Review: february, all about love

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If you have been with me for some time, you know that February is the month we focus on love. That may sound cliche-ish, but it is intentional! I want us to pierce through and shine a light during a time when many celebrate a shell of what love really is. Jesus is love, and to know Him is to know love.  

In February, we explored what it means to love well. We looked at Peter’s words from 1 Peter 4:7-8: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers. Above all things, have fervent love for one another, for’ love will cover a multitude of sins.’

Remember: 

  • We must have fervent love for one another: Love is powerful in our relationships. Love has the power to cover a multitude of sins. Love moves us to forgive and to aim for peace in our interactions with others.
  • Love is empowering. Love does not make us passive or have us overlook wrongdoings, but instead empowers us to manage minor offenses, reason with one another, and seek reconciliation. 
  • Love plays a vital role in the end times. As we anticipate Christ’s return, we are reminded to prioritize loving well. When we love each other well, we can protect unity, promote forgiveness, and foster a mission mindset to win the world for Christ! 
  • Love helps improve our prayer life. When we love well, we keep our minds focused and sound so that we can pray deeply and fervently.

Contemplate: 

  • What practical steps can I take to cultivate genuine love for others and maintain a clear-minded approach to prayer? 
  • How can I “let love cover” as I approach conflicts, forgiveness, and reconciliation within the church community?
  • As we await our Lord’s return, how can I share the love of Christ with a dark and dying world?  

In 2024, remember, we are admonished to love fervently, ABOVE ALL THINGS. All of our service, programs, ministries, and projects should be the outworking of love! Love is God’s business; it should be ours, too! 

If you are interested in the All About Love ETW reading/writing Bible plan, click here !

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