If you were to ask what Valentine’s Day is about, some people would
say “love.” I think that most people who give this answer would mean
“romantic” love. That’s ok.
But something Frank and I saw the other day started me thinking about
the way we humans limit love. While driving back to our home, we passed
two women; one of them had a dog on a leash. Both women were wearing
undeniably fur coats. We waved “hello” to them and they smiled and waved
We couldn’t help but sense a “disconnect” here. The one woman has a
furbearer as a member of her family, and yet neither woman made the
connection that by wearing fur for vanity’s sake, they had brought about
the cruel death of many other furbearers. This is not love.
Remember the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)?
22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23. gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
A person of any faith (or no faith) should be able to understand this
universal truth and not limit love to only certain creatures.
And also 1 John 2:16-17:
16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the
lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the
Father, but is from the world.
17. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one
who does the will of God abides forever.
Happy Valentine’s Day!