My Brothers and Sisters in Faith,
I pray that you and your families are well. January’s weather has been especially challenging for everyone. I hope that February weather will at least be consistent rather than the many extremes we have seen. February is a very busy month. The first Sunday in Lent is February 18th. Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year, which reminds me of the term Agape Love. Agape Love “is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. The Greek word, agapē, agápē and variations of it are frequently found throughout The New Testament. Agape perfectly describes the kind of Love Jesus Christ has for His father and for his followers.”
Agape is the kind of love I want us to ponder as we begin our Lenten Journey this year. Normally we look to give up bad habits to honor our Lord’s journey. I encourage everyone instead of looking inward, to look outward and extend Agape Love to everyone we know or encounter. The world would be much kinder place if we spent less time arguing over our differences and more time extending God’s love to the world.
Loving each other unconditionally is a momentous challenge, but it is one worth taking on. Agape will be the topic of our Lenten Bible study beginning Tuesday, February 13, at 1 p.m. and continuing through March 27. The only text required for this Lenten study will be your Bible. I hope to see many of you at this Bible Study. I cannot think of a better way to grow both emotionally and spiritually than learning how to love each other unconditionally.
Love, Prayers and Blessings,