Dear Church Friends and Family:
February is upon us. Can you believe it? What do you think of when you think of the moth of February? I hope that you said love. February is the month in which we have Valentineâ€™s Day and we at Iola Missionary are going to observe this day next Sunday. The youth will serve a fajita lunch to raise money for youth camp. In other words, donation will be accepted, so do not be alarmed. Also, there is no set fee for the meal so whatever God leads you to give is acceptable. The youth group thanks you for you your participation.
While on the subject of love, I would like to encourage all of us to be more loving not only this month but for each day of our lives. When someone loves us, it can be the most exhilarating experience of our lives. But to love another and to be more loving is not only a request from me but it is a commandment from God. In John 15:12 it is written, â€œThis is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.â€ When we are loving as Jesus loved then we behave as recorded in James 1:19, "â€By dear brothers, take note of this; everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.â€
When we are slow to speak then we are less likely to hurt othersâ€™ feelings. When we are slow to become angry then we can understand better what others are saying. James 1:29 adds this, "For manâ€™s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.â€ So everyday let us love unconditionally, as Jesus loved and pray harder for one another when we are upset so that Godâ€™s righteousness will shine through despite our inefficiencies.