“February, the Month of Love”

Text: Psalms 51:10 (KJV)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Romans 12:1(KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

February is a special month with significance touching the secular, romantic, and spiritual realms.  First, it is the shortest month of the year.  This year’s span is only 28 days.  Also, Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th of this month.  Most of us will forget this romantic day until it is upon us a week or two before the the14th; remembering just in time to send candy, roses and cards filled with human expressions of love and devotion to our true loves.

However, the deepest expression of love is more than candy, roses, and cards; it is remembering what Jesus did for us by presenting himself as a living sacrifice for our salvation. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16(KJV).

We commemorate this period of reflection on Ash Wednesday, the 13th, the 1st Day of Lent. It is commonplace to get caught up in the Lenten practice of giving up desserts or giving up something we like to eat; when virtually all we’re doing is using Lent to “lose weight.”  The Lenten season should be viewed as a penitential period of prayer and fasting.  Let us duplicate David’s exclamation in Psalm 51:10 where he beseeched the Lord on bended knees, with hands clasped, pounding his chest in all sincerity crying out, “create in me a clean heart”.  Envision and claim his emotion this month

Let us pray:  “Lord I love you, I am giving you my heart; I am submitting to you, I am yielding to you; here is my body as a living sacrifice. Make me more loving. Make me more forgiving. Make me kinder.  Make me a better witness for you. In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.”

Yours in Christ,

Dempsey S. Harrison, Jr.

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