Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the day when couples celebrate their love for each other, the day when children exchange “Valentines” with each other in school, and everyone talks about love. Expressing your love for another is wonderful, yet in the world we live in it seems that the expression of love can be a bit backwards. How often is loved described by what a person does for us, how they make us feel, how they make our lives better? Biblical love is not about getting, it’s about giving, and it’s about giving without the need of getting in return.
The Bible tells us that:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7+ NIV
Love here is described by what love does when you give it away to another. If you truly want to express your love to someone, then don’t just give them a card, or candy, or roses, or a ring, or some other romantic gift. Yes, make the day special, but more importantly, make your relationship special throughout your lives together. Express your love by being patient with each other, treating each other with genuine respect and honor. If you have two people, and each one is dedicated to the happiness of the other, then there is no need to look after what you should be getting. Focus on giving, focus on truly loving from a Biblical perspective, and the love and fulfillment you will get will far exceed anything you could hope for.
The Bible tells us that if you give without looking to receive, that you will receive in abundance:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38 NIV
Furthermore, we know of the ultimate act of love – greater love has no man than that he lay down his life for his friends. And Jesus did that for us. So, as you celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love, try to keep the Biblical perspective on love, and don’t stop when Valentine’s Day is over. Give of your love, of yourself, each an every day of your life.
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