“The Link” – February 2019: The Five Love Languages (Intro)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the men are planning on showing their love and respect for the ladies by throwing a love fest on 13 February at our Wednesday night meal. This tradition is a great bit of fun, and Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is hosting.

Valentine’s Day not only is it a day for couples celebrate their love for one another. It is a day for friends
and family to likewise celebrate their love. With this in mind, have you ever heard of
The Five Love Languages? The Five Love Languages is a book by Dr. Gary Chapman, which is meant to help people better love one another—for love can be frustrating. Like Joan Jet’s song, “Love is a Battlefield.” But, it
doesn’t have to be that way.

1 Peter 4:8 says, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a
multitude of sins.”

So, how do we continue to show our deep love? You know how it goes. “She says she loves me, but I just don’t see it.” So, how do we make our loved-one feel loved? Well, love is an action verb. And, there is a way to express to your loved one the love you have for them every day in a way they will understand and receive your love. The Five Love Languages provides a means to that end.

Groups I’ve led through Gary Chapman’s book repeatedly give feedback like, “This saved our marriage.” They have learned to love one-another in a way they each best understand, and so are filled with the love of the other.

When you feel loved, your world is so much brighter. The dark cloud is pushed back. Each love language, “Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch” express love in a way that different people best understand love. One of these speaks to you in a way nothing else does, making you feel loved. Ask your loved ones what makes them feel best loved. Then love them in that way.

Over the next few months I’m going to highlight each of the Five Love Languages in this newsletter. Stay tuned, for one (or more) of those love languages is the language you speak and the language the ones you love speak.

 In Christ,