From the Bench – A Letter from the Athletic Administrator
The month of February is the shortest month of all the calendar months. If you live up north, it can feel like one of the longest because of the cold, snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. But most people think of February as a time of sending flowers, gifts, candies and cards to the ones they love. I can’t help thinking of God’s love for us. Three words come to mind when I think of God’s love. His commitment, His command, and His compassion.
God demonstrated His love for us while we were still sinners—He died for us. (Romans 5:8) He committed His love. Commitment = Sacrifice. We are committed to our children, our spouses, and our parents. We sacrifice our time, money, and love for them. In sports we commit to our team, our coaches and to doing our best on the field. But God committed His love to us while we were sinners. We don’t deserve His love, but He loves us. His love is a commitment. A question for you: Is our love demanding? Is our love selfish? God’s love is pure holy and always for our best. He’s totally committed. Or another way to say it is, He’s all in!
Secondly, love is a command. God commanded us to love Him and love others. God knows what’s best for us. When we love God, we can’t help but to love others. When we love God, we are demonstrating what God has done for us. Love is patient, kind, not envious, doesn’t boast, isn’t proud, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. We need to remember God’s command to love others when we are on the field, the court or in the game.
God commands us to love because it shows us how we were loved by God, but also shows us how we are to love others. Loving God with all our heart helps us to love, forgive, and to be blessed and be a blessing.
Also, love is compassion. The definition of compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain, or has misfortune and is accompanied by a strong desire to help the suffering. That’s what Jesus Christ did for us. It’s not always easy to show compassion especially when we feel like the person deserves their misfortunes. When our team mate is having a bad game or the opposing team is taking a hard loss, we need to show compassion.
Love is a commitment. Love is a command. Love is compassion.