Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Day Newsletter - Part 1

For Valentine's Day, we published our second family newsletter with everyone once again contributing an article (except for our 7 month old Tirzah, who was excused from writing). The theme for this newsletter was (surprise!!) on love! The first article is from Amara (age 8) and is about why love is of such importance.

The Importance of Love

By Amara Jachim

Love is a very important thing. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He said:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38, KJV)

It is so sad to think that people do not love Jesus. Would you like it if you laid down your life for someone and they did not show you any kindness or thought? If you do not love Jesus, you are throwing away His gift of eternal life. To receive His gift, you do not need to be perfect. In Romans 5:8, it says: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

After Jesus said to love God, He said: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39, KJV)

We can show Jesus to others by loving our neighbor. God says to love your neighbor as yourself. God also tells us to love our enemy. In Matthew 5:44 it says,

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (KJV)

Your enemy is not just someone you are fighting with, it can be your next door neighbor. An enemy is just someone who does not like you and does not love God. So Valentine’s Day is not just about giving some heart shaped cards and flowers but it is the heart of love behind giving them. You should write them a note to tell them that you love them.

No comments: