Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Our Mission: Impacting the Kingdom of God one person at a time
By Pastor Dennis Felder
Can you remember that day or moment when you spotted the love of your life? For me, this happened in 1982 when I was a senior in High School. I saw this very beautiful young teenager, effortlessly gliding across the dance floor at one of our high school dances. Although she was not my date and we were in different social groups, my eyes were fixed on her all night. It was at that moment that I knew Lana would be my wife. Although it took many interesting turns, Lana and I went on our first official date on her 17th birthday.

As I reflect upon my perfect love story, I can’t help but to remember another perfect love story that touched my life at a very young age. I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and being raised in the church. My family and my church family provided me with a strong Christian teaching about the grace of God. At the age of seven, I personally encountered the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and gave my life to Him.

Valentine’s Day is seen as a day when we honor or recognize the ones that we love. We often express our thankfulness to our loved ones by giving cards, candy, flowers, or going out for a nice dinner. However, as a Christian, there is one love that is often neglected during Valentine’s Day. The person that I am referring to Jesus Christ.

I want to challenge you as you are making preparation to express your love to your spouse, a child or a close friend. Take time to pause and think about how you can honor your Savior. If you are a believer in Christ, then Jesus should also be treated as your special Valentine on February 14th.

Let me share with you a few creative ways in which you can honor Christ on Valentine’s Day.
  • Write Him a personal love letter.
  • Spend time in prayer to specially tell Christ how much you love Him.
  • Memorize a Bible verse that expresses the love of Christ.
  • Share your love for Christ with someone else.
  • Find a way to honor Christ through service.
  • Do something for someone else that models the love of Christ.
Above, I offered just a few suggestions of how you can express your love to Christ on Valentine’s Day. So please take the time to accomplish one or create your own personal way to share with Christ, how much you love Him. Remember, it was because of His great love that we have everlasting life. John 3:16 is a beautiful reminder of His great love for us. It reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” With this type of unconditional love, Christ certainly deserves a Valentine.