Tomorrow I start Ruth. Four chapters. Four days. Another entire book of the Bible.
Philippians 4:9, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (NKJV)
Happy Valentine’s Day! On a day like this everything I read seems to have a heart-shaped filter. May the ones you love be near you. May you love and be loved. May the things you learn, receive, hear and see in one another bring you joy, establish your faith, strengthen your love and convince you of the inestimable value God sees in you.
It’s clear that Paul loved the people in the church at Philippi. He begins the book by saying, “I thank my God every time I think of you.” He adds, “How greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.” Paul’s love for the Philippians was deep. His desire was for them to know God, to love one another and to share that love with others.
Verse 9 is a natural desire that flows out from this love, “These things you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Paul expressed his love through what he:
Isn’t this how we express our love for God and one another.
- WE TEACH – what we value, what we believe works, what we think will make a better life for the ones we love.
- WE GIVE – of ourselves, our time, our stuff, to express our love, to remind someone that they mean something to us.
- WE SAY – we attempt with feeble syllables and sounds to express the passion of our heart.
- WE DO – we act, we make a choice that reflects our heart, reinforces our desires and tells the world what and who we value most.
Who do you love? Do they know it? What will you teach, give, say or do today to express your love for your valentine? There’s clearly a context here broader than Valentine’s Day. What does what you teach, give, say or do say about the depths of your love for God?
Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for the love you have given me. Thank you that your love for me drove you to move heaven and earth so that we could be together. I pray that my love for you would be as deep and that those in my life you’ve given me to love – my wife, kids, parents, family, friends, church – I pray that they would know my love for you and for them through the things I teach, give, say and do.
I love you, in Jesus name –