Over the past few months, I have been doing a Bible study with some other ladies on the Fruit of the Spirit. The first in the list found in Galatians 5:22 is love. It is easy to love people who love us and are nice to us but God wants us to love like He does--unconditionally, no matter how we feel. The Greek word is agape. God loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8) and sent Jesus to die for us before we ever believed in Him. When the Holy Spirit lives in us we can love others with God's agape love.
I will never forget being at an outdoor wedding where a boy quoted 1 Corinthians 13 in pouring rain with thunder and lightening over the lake behind him. Nothing could stop him from loudly reciting the "love chapter" that is all about agape love. It is the kind of love that we need to be reminded of over and over again.
My challenge for you (and me) is to read 1 Corinthians 13 this week. Pray for God's help to love your family and friends with His agape love this Valentine's Day. I'd love to hear how it goes!