I was thinking that since yesterday was Valentine’s Day, I should have written about love. But then it’s so easy to express our love and appreciation for people on the one day a year that we’ve built up to be the day where we celebrate the love we should have for one another. Even the meanest bosses on Valentine’s Day may share flowers or chocolate amongst their staff. We feel obligated to sow love on Valentine’s day and so we do, then the day after we put aside the real love challenge that God has commanded us to take up of loving others and showing it every day.

Maybe the Valentine’s Day honeymoon is still on today or this week. Maybe we can still show love as long as it’s easy and we’re all getting along. But what of when we rub each other off the wrong way? Sometimes it’s hard to keep harmony with those close to us when they hurt our feelings or we feel slighted or put down. Our instinct is to give as good as we get and stand up for what we see feel are our rights when we fe disrespected. God wants us to be better than this. To put love Above pride and hurt feelings and try to keep the peace with those around us. He wants us to return insults with blessings and turn the other cheek. To not just want peace with others and pray for it but to do the dirty work and actually exercise patience and love when it’s difficult to do so. Everyone can keep the peace when people are loving and respectful to them. As Christians God respects us to go the extra mile of having love and compassion for those who hurt within themselves enough to lash out at us. Let us be quick to forgive, apologize and not need to be the one who has the last word if it will keep the peace.    

1 Peter 3:8-11 AMP
[8] Finally, all of you should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing with one another, loving each other as brethren of one household, compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble). [9] Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing from God–that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection. [10] For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days good–whether apparent or not keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit). [11] Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!