Well, we’ve made it past the first of January with all the New Year’s resolutions mostly in the trash by now, I suppose. According to Hallmark and most retailers, it’s now time to gear up for Valentine’s Day. Isn’t it amazing how our years come and go based on the events of the calendar?

Instead of focusing on the calendar, let’s remember that we were created to have fellowship with God. Vibrant relationships with God and others are important. Many of us have fond memories of loving parents or caregivers, sibling rivalry that grew into great affection and some have been fortunate enough to find the love of a lifetime with a life partner. Others in the human family have been devastated over improper treatment as a child or teen, some have had forever love turn into something ugly and others have lost the love of a lifetime either through disease, death or some other tragedy.

God is all about relationships! Henry Blackaby reminded us in Experiencing God that God seeks a love relationship with us that is real, personal and practical.

God seeks a love relationship with us that is real, personal and practical.

At, love is described as a profound, tender, passionate affection for another. It also lists 13 other definitions of the noun form of the word.

In John 21, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” “Peter, do you have a tender passionate heart toward me?” In a few words, describe the state of your love for your …

                                    Spouse                                               State

                                    Child                                                  Church

                                    Church                                               Lord

                                    Community                                       Parents

                                    Country                                             In-Laws

What if Jesus asked you today about the state of your heart toward Him? Is it passionate and tender toward Him or do pride and fear cause you to edge God out? Are you exuding God-grounded confidence and humility as you exalt God only?

If you are like most of us, you fluctuate from moment to moment. That’s why it’s important to remember these close, deep, important relationships regularly and to perform quick check-ups from time to time. So when He asks, and He will, “Do you love me?” you’ll be ready with a quick response and ready to receive your assignment from Him – “Feed My sheep!”


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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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