For most people, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate romantic love: the love between a man and a woman. Valentine’s Day has been turned into this commercialized holiday where people are encouraged to spend money on material things such as teddy bears, flowers, candy, and jewelry to express their love for their significant other.
But is that really love? What about the love between a mother and daughter. A father and son. The love between friends. The love between strangers. Is romantic love the only type of love in the world? And are flowers, candy, and balloons the only symbols of love?
My biggest question is do people truly understand love. Do they know what love is and what it is suppose to look like, feel like, and most importantly where it comes from? No, most people believe whatever the world tells them love is. The world tells us love comes from Cupid’s bow and Valentine’s Day is the pinnacle of love. They tell us love is a chocolate heart and a stuffed teddy bear with a heart attached that says, “I Love You”. If I am suppose to accept that as love then what a sad, sad world we live in.
When I celebrate Valentine’s Day, I celebrate all love because I know what love is. And I know where it comes from. The Word tells us in 1 John 4:8, “God is love.” 1 John 4:7 says, “For love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” So let me break that down. Anyone who says they know love knows God. You can’t love and not know God. For lovers are children of God.
Galatians 5:22 says love is the one of the fruits of the Spirit and we all know the Spirit is the Holy Spirit. So to give love you must be operating in the Holy Spirit. And when you give love from the Spirit these are its traits:
And what is the greatest act of love ever demonstrated? Romans 5:8 answers that question and it says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died.” 1 John 4:10 says “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” Jesus dying on the cross for our sins so that we may have eternal life is greatest act of love ever demonstrated. Now that my dear ladies is love.
So I don’t care how much someone tells you they love you. I don’t care what gifts they buy you and what sweet words they tell you if they don’t know God then they don’t love you. And everything that they have ever said or done to you means absolutely nothing. For some people that may be a harsh, bold statement but it is the truth.
So today when you celebrate Valentine’s Day (the holiday of love) celebrate God because he is love. So I challenge you today to become a vessel of love and spread God’s love and the love of Jesus Christ with the world. Do everything today in love. 1 John 4:12 says, “No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
And let’s just not celebrate love on Valentine’s Day but every day. To the world, Valentine’s Day is February 14 but in my world Valentine’s Day is every day. So if no one buys you a gift today or tells you they love….know I LOVE YOU!
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