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How to Show Love in America for Valentine's Day

Fri, Feb. 13, 2015 Posted: 10:53 PM


By Stacie Ruth Stoelting

First of all, Valentine's Day presents major opportunities to share Jesus' love at a prime time! You see, as we know, Valentine's Day catalyzes acute cases of loneliness at an epidemic rate in America. And the sufferers include a wide range of people: widows and widowers, divorced people, singles, military men and women serving away from home, unhappily married people, etc. This is an opportunity for us as Christians to share Jesus' love and comfort. I love this passage from II Corinthians 1:3-5 (ESV): "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."

In fact, the best way to love America is to love Americans with Christ's love and love the Lord, who allowed America to be founded.

Look around you: In America, a lot of people's hearts ache today. Be the deliverer of Christ's comfort. Let's cover the main heart health trouble in America and answer it with God's Word:

Are you lonely? Jesus IS with you. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus Christ Himself said, "I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age."

Are you persecuted and rejected? He will help you shake the dust off your feet and enter new territory for His kingdom. Jesus said, "And wherever they do not receive and accept and welcome you, when you leave that town shake off [even] the dust from your feet, as a testimony against them." (Luke 9:5)

Are you afraid? Let the Lord draw you close to Himself and carry you. "Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you." (Isaiah 46:4)

Have you been forsaken by a person or group of people? Embrace Christ and realize that He will never forsake you. "...He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]" (Hebrews 13:5, AMP)

And now it's your turn. Ask the Lord to bring someone to mind that needs to hear from you. Perhaps it's a veteran. Perhaps it's a military family. Or could it be one of your loved ones with whom you've lost touch? With prayer, share the truth in the preceding points and Scriptures with that person or group of people.

Let us share about the One who binds up the wounds of the brokenhearted! Again, to love America well, each of us must love our fellow Americans and our Lord, who allowed America to be founded in the first place. Now, the real question remains: Near Valentine's Day, will you share Christ's love in America?

Carrie Stoelting