February 14th is probably the most polarizing day of the year. People in love can’t wait to express that love to their spouses or loved ones on Valentine’s Day. For those having been hurt by love or wishing for love, it can be the worst day of the year. However, whether it is your favorite or least favorite day of the year, you can still be a lover.

We were all created to be lovers of God and lovers of people. I John 4:7 says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” Matthew 22:37-39 also states that we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself.” The question is, are you doing that? Are you really doing that?

This Valentine’s Day would be a great time to say, it’s time to take my love of God and others to the next level. What does the next level look like for you? Is it time to turn over that ungodly relationship to God? Is it becoming more disciplined in the spiritual practices of Bible reading, prayer, fasting and Scripture memorization – to name a few. Is it pursuing reconciliation with someone that you have been at odds with for way too long? Is the next level starting to really care for those that are the least of these in your sphere of influence?

No matter what the next level is for you, I know it is a matter of your heart. Here are 6 steps to go to the next heart level in love of God and love of others.

  1. Be real and honest with yourself of where your heart is.
  2. Be real with God.
  3. Cry out to Him.
  4. Live in obedience to God and His word.
  5. Care for others.
  6. Enjoy the fruitful life!

Whether Valentine’s Day is your favorite day or least favorite day, choose to make it a day to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and mind and to love others!

-Eric Rojas, Class of 1990, Executive Pastor at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL

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