Pastor's Corner – Feb 1, 2023
We’re preaching through a series right now titled “Essentials for Growing Up”.
Since February is Heart month, the second installment in this series is showing the importance of growing a healthy heart by means of LOVE.
The Lord designed us to love and to be loved. He started the process by his first loving us. “For God so loved the world…” (John 2:16). He instructed us to follow His example by returning love to Him and by sharing that love with others. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
It’s pretty obvious that babies need love, but did you know that their actual physical and biological growth requires love?
Research shows that the early growth of at least one part of the brain is almost wholly dependent on the environment an infant is born into. The first 24 months is crucial in that it is during this time the building and shaping of this part of the brain sets the child up for life.
If an infant is born into an environment lacking in love, emotional warmth, and responsiveness, the growth of its brain is highly affected. The good news is that if the environment changes, the child has great potential for catching up with his peers.
If infants need love, we can also find support for the need for love between marriage partners, neighbors and even adversaries. We’ll talk more about these relationships in our weekend message and we’ll conclude today’s Pastor’s Corner with an old song title – “What the world needs now is love, sweet love”. Why don’t you consider getting radical with your love today?