Recently I have the privilege of speaking at a school assembly on Valentine’s day. Maybe the same talk can help us all.
Today we will be thinking about love.
Who loves pizza, chips, Macdonalds, KFC or ice cream?
Who loves Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande or Stormzy?
Who loves Chelsea, Man U., Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester City or Liverpool?
Did you receive any Valentines cards, chocolates or imojis?
Love is the opposite of hate and fear.
In the Harry Potter books, Lord Voldemort is the most powerful, evil and hateful wizard, but young Harry overcomes him time and time again because of love – his parents love for him and his love for his friends.
God saw that we humans were struggling and so, because he loved us, His son Jesus was born at the first Christmas and lived thirty years getting to know what it is like to be human, so he could understand us and help us. He spent much of his time with people who were lonely.
Have you ever felt lonely, not a part of the “in” group? I remember when I was at school two captains were picking sides for a game of football. I loved football but I couldn’t play very well. One of the captains said to the other, “You can have Bunkum”. I felt so much on the outside. Christians believe that Jesus can help anyone who feels alone even today. Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool Manager said, “Jesus Christ is the most important person in history”.
Here is a saying about love:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love isn’t boastful,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first”,
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the faults of others,
Isn’t happy when others fail,
Takes pleasure in honesty,
Puts up with most things,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never fails.
That saying is from the Bible.
If you love life, love learning and love others you will make a difference.
“Dear Lord Jesus. May your love fill our lives, our school, our town, our country and our world.