That’s right! The ads are out, the specials are on! Everything from dinners, to champagne, strawberries dipped, to diamonds and massages… all to celebrate love. We dress it up, romanticize it and sell it. Nothing wrong with expressing and acknowledging emotions between each other. But, that is common. We do it every February 14th in recent history.

What is “uncommon” is the love of God. Perhaps the most well-known passage of scripture is:

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The most uncommon love the world has ever known. This kind of love really does change the world. It is rather unsettling, disturbing and transforming. It has the power to remove fear, and replace insecurities in an instant. It welcomes imperfect, unbalanced and out of control hearts, unconditionally. It sharpens focus and gives an opportunity to see what really is of highest value. It never leaves or diminishes in strength. It sets up lives for miraculous turn-a-arounds. It never gives up or fails. Truly not to be confused with the Hallmark version.

Once experienced, it leaves a humility and returns itself to the giver with uncompromised devotion. This is the Love of God.  Needless to say it leaves an uncommon impression granting an ability to impart itself to others.

A little girl, born in Macedonia in 1910 became the “sister-nun” we now know as Mother Theresa. Her love for the people of Calcutta, India is renowned. Amazing demonstrations of love reached the morning streets as she cared for the dying, starving and left for dead.

It wasn’t her education, or degrees that caused the unprecedented impact of her life.  In every life she touched, she saw the “face of God”!

Jesus didn’t always teach us what to “do”…but how to “see”.

1 John 4:20
for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, [a]how can he love God whom he has not seen?

Uncommon…for sure!

Pastor Greg



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