Every February 14th, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Dating back to the early 1700’s people have exchanged homemade valentines and today that tradition continues through many acts of love. Here are three things that Valentine’s Day reminds us that we should never forget!
#1 LOVE IS A PRICELESS GIFT
Valentine’s Day reminds us that many things may come and go, but love is a gift from God that should be cherished and celebrated every day we live. God’s word puts love above everything else on the planet. God says without love things are meaningless. Without love I am nothing but a bunch of noise and eloquent words. (1 Corinthians 13:13) tells us that at the end of this life only “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
#2 LOVE IS AN ACTION VERB
Valentine’s Day reminds us that love is not something meant to be contained, but rather expressed loudly. Love will express itself through our words and deeds. (John 3:16) says, “ For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God’s love for us compelled Him to give the ultimate sacrifice His son Jesus. When we genuinely love someone we will willingly go out of our way to show that person just how much they mean to us. This February 14th is not about you spending lots of money, but you going out of your way to show that loved one just how much they mean!
#3 LOVE SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED
Valentine’s Day reminds us that we should not take our loved ones for granted and that each moment with them is a gift from above. It’s so easy to assume that your loved ones knows how much you really love them. I hear many people say “I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because that should be an everyday thing.” I agree, but so many of us fail to go out of our way to express those words and thoughts that need to be heard by those we love. This Valentine’s Day why don’t you make sure that those you love so much hear the most powerful words ever spoken: I LOVE YOU!
(1 Corinthian 13:1-8)(The Message)
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8 Love never dies.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY