The symbols of love we give to others around valentines day include chocolates, cards, theatre trips, candlelit dinners. These are good and show we love someone. But love is more than a 'feeling'. We show we love someone by our actions. Tina Turner, in her song "what's love got to do with it?" said that love was a 'sweet old-fashioned notion', a 'second hand emotion'. However John 15 says 'greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends'. Frodo in Lord of the Rings carried the ring, that brings evil, to destroy it, at great personal risk and hurt, and saved the shire for his friends - he lay down his life for friends. Jesus laid down his life for us, his friends. His symbols of love (wood, nails, blood, body, thorns) contrast sharply with our token symbols of love, and it was not 'second hand' it was personal. His symbols of love show sacrificial love. We're asked to be the bearers of Christ's love into the world and 'lay down our lives' for those around us.
Sermon Topics: love