Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 02/15/2024

Yesterday was Valentines Day. A day designated toward emphasizing the importance of love in our lives. “Love” is a word we connect to various aspects of our lives. We claim we “love” certain foods, restaurants, pets, vacation spots, TV shows, the list goes on and on, even including people.

The words, “I Love You” often redefine a relationship. Three simple words, when spoken in sincerity, create a new dynamic between two individuals. The words do not ensure that the relationship will last but they certainly move a friendship into another level. Love is connected to a higher level of commitment between those who are in a relationship.

If I asked twenty people what love is, I may receive twenty different responses. The rock group Boston, in their 1976 hit song captured a profound aspect of love in the title of their song: More Than a Feeling.

In reality love is a choice and an action. Love that does not reveal itself in action is not really love and love always demands a choice.

Yesterday was also the beginning of the season of Lent, the forty days leading up to Easter (excluding Sundays). The concept of love and Lent go hand-in-hand. Just in case you haven’t realized it, God is madly in love with you! His tremendous love for you propelled Him to take action on your behalf; the result was the entrance into His creation by the Eternal Son, who would be given the name Jesus. He lived the perfect life in order that He could become the only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of mankind, that separate man from God. Jesus’ death on the cross of Calvary was not the end of the story, He rose on the third day defeating the power of death. Lent reminds us of God’s uncaused love for every human being that has ever lived.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you embrace God’s love for you. Love is never fully recognized until it is freely received by another. God’s love for you is profound, but it falls incomplete unless you freely and completely take it to heart in your life. If you have embraced the love of another person, you understand the magnitude of how love changes everything. Embracing the love of God has the power to completely transform every aspect of your life. If you have never fully accepted God’s love may today be the day that you receive the life changing love of God. The journey begins when you embrace the gift of His love through His Son, ending with an eternity spent in the presence of the Savor who loves you and sacrificed everything for you.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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