Yesterday was Valentine’s Day,  a day set aside not just to think about love, not just to remember love.  This is a day set aside to intentionally celebrate and practice love in the purest form of the word.

Love is not the same as tolerance.

Jesus did not say “Tolerate one another as I have tolerated you.”  Nor did Jesus say, “By this, people will know that you are my disciples, if you tolerate one another.”

No.  Jesus said we are to love other as he has loved us, and that we are known to be his disciples if we love others.

Love is harder than tolerance.  But love is also greater than tolerance.  And love surpasses tolerance in its reward.