One day, Marie got a letter:
Dearest Marie, No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you! Yours forever, Jimmy.  P.S. And congratulations on winning the state lottery.
One suspects that Jimmy had an ulterior motive. Perhaps his love was not as pure or genuine as he claimed.
The apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth stated that true love is selfless, not self-centered. It is a love that is modeled on God’s great love for each of us.
It is difficult to understand the vastness of God’s love, but think of it this way: Suppose you had a perfectly good $1,000 dollar bill in your hands. Grover Cleveland’s portrait is on one side, just in case you’re interested. And then you set out on a small trip.
You’ll need to put gas in the car, have some meals at restaurants, and buy some souvenirs of your trip. However, you discover immediately that although you have a thousand dollars in your pocket, you’re actually quite poor, because no one will take your thousand dollar bill.  Somehow, you’ve got to break that bill into something smaller. So you head for a bank as soon as possible.
And so it is with the love of God.  It’s so vast, that we can only understand it in the smallest doses and pieces that we get from day to day.
And in the same way, it’s not enough to say “I love you” to others. That’s like giving them a $1,000 dollar bill that they can’t use. You have to break it down into smaller bits and pieces, (actions and expressions) that when all put together add up to more than a thousand dollars’ worth of love!
I hope that as you deliver expressions of your love to others that you will remember to follow the example of God --- giving selflessly each and every day! That would make a good New Year’s resolution.
Pastor Tom
United Presbyterian Church