Well, Valentine’s Day is officially over. Connor and I spent a romantic three day weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. It was amazing and I cannot wait to share our trip with you all! I have stories and pictures, and I even tried something a little different that I have never done before.
You’ll just have to read my Charleston posts later this week to find out!
But, I have something else that I want to talk about today. Just because Valentine’s Day is over, it doesn’t mean that love is! I have had a lot on my heart in the past few days, but there is one thing that I really wanted to share.
I want to talk about God.
I am following a scripture writing plan for the month of February. A few days ago, the scripture that I focused my heart on was 1 Peter 4:8-11 . As I was reading the passage, writing it down, journaling and pondering, I found myself loving the message more and more.
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Isn’t it a beautiful passage! Peter is so clearly communicating to us the importance of loving one another, and loving God by living for him and attributing our very being to him.
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
There are numerous passages that clarify God’s will for us to love one another. John wrote an entire chapter about God’s love.
Take 1 John 4:7-8.
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Our God is a loving God, and he wants us to love one another. One of the ways that the way of God is known is through love. As disciples, we are called to love one another. Even more than that, we are called to love one another because we know God, and we know that his will is love.
Or John 13:34-35
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Yes, I love the idea that we should all love one another, as it was intended by the Lord.
But, the part of this particular passage that resonated most with me was the second portion.
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
What an inspiration! That just fills my heart with so much joy and passion. God blessed each one of us with a unique gift. He created us not only to utilize those gifts, but to use them to spread the love of God.
I don’t know about you, but that fills me with an overwhelming sense of purpose.
I think, in my past, I have kind of struggled with knowing what my purpose in life was. I always had goals and dreams, but I don’t think I ever really understood what those dreams were intended for. Not knowing your purpose in life can be disheartening. Actually, it can make you feel a little lost. Even when i didn’t know that my life was missing a real purpose, I still felt a little lost, and I don’t think I ever really knew why.
After reading Peter’s words, I honestly feel like there is a light guiding my life now. That’s what happened when I realized that my purpose in life was to live in a way that honored God and his love. And the best part? We are called to uniquely serve God, in various forms. That means that I don’t have to compare my gifts to those of others. My gifts are mine alone, and help spread God’s love in a way that no others can. That makes me and my life undeniably important to God’s plan.
How cool is that?
Anyway, I just wanted to share my heart with you all. Remember, you too are undeniably important! You are uniquely made, and God blessed you with your own gifts, and those gifts can change the world.
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