Dr. Martin Seitz - A Valentine Thought: “Holy Love May Be Expressed Tenderly Now and Forever”
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” -- John 15:12 (NIV)
In order to love others as Jesus loved, we must follow His example. Gary Chapman wrote The 5 Languages of Love in which he suggests how people express their love for one another: (1) speaking words of affirmation, (2) serving, (3) giving material gifts, (4) spending quality time, and (5) physically touching. Jesus demonstrated each of these languages of love for people while He was on earth.
Jesus affirmed the Gentile woman who asked Him to heal her daughter (Matthew 15:28). He served by washing the disciples’ feet during the last supper (John 13:2-5), and He gave people physical gifts of food and healing (e.g., Mark 6:33-44, 53-56). He spent several years of quality time with His disciples in a wide variety of settings, and he physically touched people (Matthew 8:3, 15; 9:29; 17:7; 20:34).
Beyond our lives on earth, Jesus has promised to continue demonstrating His tender love for His followers. We will hear Him affirm us, saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23). He will feed us and lead us (Revelation 7:17), give us new glorified bodies (Philippians 3:21), be with us forever (Matthew 28:20), and touch us as He wipes away our tears (Revelation 7:17).
- Dr. Martin Seitz, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences