Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday for encouraging someone and reminding them that we are thinking of them and love them. ❤️
When asked what the most important commandment was, Jesus said that to love God was the first and foremost commandment, and to love one’s neighbor was the second most important commandment. (*See Matthew 22:37-38)
In fact, to love was so important that Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-34 NIV)
The Apostle John wrote that it was impossible to love God and hate someone at the same time.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” 1 John 4:20-21
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
In the illustration for my whimsical digital poetry prayer print, I’ve painted three characters chatting together. (It’s based on an earlier illustration I did several years ago and repurposed for this poem!)
The critters have assembled for donuts and tea and a meeting about their latest project. Their conversation soon ends up about people they know and their private lives.
This is a whimsical visual satire of events that happens all too often in reality.
Fortunately, we serve a wonderful God of mercy and grace who loves each of us despite our flaws and weaknesses.