I have had the same Valentine for nineteen years now and each year it gets more amazing. Happy Valentine’s Day baby!
God created us to love one another. We are made for love and marriage and on this Valentine’s Day may the love of God fill your life and the life of the people you love.
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:12-13)
Love took our Savior to the cross. Loving someone involves the willingness to give whatever it takes to see that person through whatever they go through. When we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God has given and declared His love before we had the chance to say “yes” or “no”. God hung Himself on a cross in the universe’s ultimate act of love. The bible says, “We love him, because he first loved us,” (1 John 4:19). Love has many emotions involved with it, but most importantly love is a choice. The emotions surrounding love change frequently but the decision to love transcends our transient emotions.
Some get disillusioned on Valentine’s Day or by love in general. Many men and women are in love with love or the idea of love. We tend to over romanticize things and end up learning that hard way that our lives are not sappy romantic comedies that end with everyone living happily ever after. Love requires work and many times love is required to endure the flaws of the ones we love (just ask my wife).
I am definitely not a love expert, relationship or marriage expert, but I know what it is to love and to be loved. We cannot truly love others until we are willing to accept God’s love for us. His love is complete and unconditional. To put it simply we cannot give that which we have yet to receive. Let God’s love live in you and overflow to those around you. If you want to be a great Valentine and more importantly a great Christian you must be a great lover (Matthew 22:37-40). This all begins with embracing the love that God has for you; realizing you are loved, accepted and cared for. When you have the peace and love that comes from God you can truly give of yourself to those around you.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13)
Let love rule in your life this Valentine’s Day and every day.