Daily Inspiration

February 1, 2015

Expressing Chocolate-Covered Love

“I have always loved you, says the Lord.”

~ Malachi 1:2a

Since today is February 1 it brings to mind thoughts of love because of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is a day in February for people to show love to others who are special to them. Jim Gaffigan wrote: “Without Valentine's Day, February would be...well, January”.

Popular ways of expressing love in February are through the giving of valentine cards; red roses; valentine boxes filled with chocolate-covered candy.

An important need for a person is to be loved. Doctors sometimes tell an ill person's family members to give them a lot of tender loving care (TLC) to boost their healing process. Some families hug each other a lot to show love. Robert Frost wrote: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

A poor woman expressed her love to a person she most likely never met, but she benefited from his actions and decisions. That story is reported by Millie Stamm: “The queen of England (Queen Mary) attended incognito the funeral of General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. A poor woman came in and sat on the aisle, next to the queen. When the casket was brought down the aisle, the (poor) woman put two roses on it. Then she turned to the queen and said, He cared for the likes of us.”

A lovely example of one person expressing love was country artist Ray Price when he wrote a love song to his long-time wife just before he died. A couple of verses from the song are: “The World is Filled With Loveliness For Those Who Care To See...Beauty Lies in the Eyes Of The Beholder...And I Hold Beauty Every Time I hold You...With Love That Only Grows as it gets Older...And The Beauty of it all is Forever You'll be Holding Me Too”.

A powerful example of how a godly person lived each day in the secure realization that the actual presence (love) of Jesus was always with him was Dr. John Douglas Adam. According to “Streams in the Desert”, C.G. Trumbull wrote: “Christ was the home of his (Dr. Adam) thoughts...and he would talk aloud to Christ when he was alone--on the street, anywhere--as easily and naturally as to a human friend. So real to him was Jesus' actual presence”.

Jesus stated in the Book of John: “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”.

As Christians, it is a commandment from Jesus for us to reflect the beauty of His love not only to each other, but also to other people that we communicate with. This is one way God's people can be identified as His people. Perhaps the end result from expressing His love will be a chocolate-covered love!

Lord God, thank You for always loving us. May we always express Your love to everyone we come in contact with in our walk of life. Amen.

~ Ann Brock Ludington

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