February. The month for lovers.
Fat cupid babies shooting arrows not-withstanding, Valentine’s Day can actually be a great opportunity to share the meaning of true love with someone. If we can get our minds off chocolates and exciting date nights just long enough, we might just find creative ways to talk about Jesus with lost friends, neighbors and co-workers this month.
While creativity has never been my strong suit, I’ll still venture to offer a few ideas.
- Type or write a letter to a family member expressing your gratitude for their love over the years. And take the opportunity to explain a few ways their love mirrors the greatest love of all – the sacrificial, condescending love of God in Christ.
- Make sweet treats for neighbors and include a card with an evangelistic Scripture on it. On the back side of the card, put something like “Jesus is the sweetest person I know. Ask me why!”
- At a lunch with co-workers ask everyone to define “love.” Use the opportunity not to poke fun at their definitions, but rather to offer your own using 1 John 4:7-11. (I recommend memorizing this passage and a brief two minute explanation of it.)
- Text John 3:16 to friends and family and remind them that there is no greater love than that of God’s Son laying down His life for us, even though we are “sinners condemned unclean.”
- Go visit someone in a nursing home, or an elderly shut-in or a widow. Be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer. Go love the lonely, hurting, and sick.
One of my fond childhood memories is of my Mom singing a song written by Dottie Rambo titled “If That Isn’t Love.” Soak up these lyrics and then go share this amazing love with others this month.
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me
Then the ocean is dry
There’s no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can’t fly
Yeah if that isn’t love
Then heaven’s a myth
There’s no feeling like this
If that isn’t love
The thief hanging by His side
Then he spoke of love and compassion
And He took him to paradise