I’m not a Valentine’s Day hater. I’ve only had a valentine once, but unlike other single girls I know, I’m not bitter about it. I really enjoy the decorations and hearts and pink and all the love. And chocolate. Definitely chocolate. Especially on strawberries. Once I’m married, I imagine Valentine’s Day will be one of my favorite holidays, not for the gifts and whatever, but because I think it’s fun.
It’s a day where you take time to tell those people that are special to you that you love them, and I don’t have anything against that. However, shouldn’t we show our love to them every day? What makes one day more special than any others?
As Christians, we are called to love. Every single day.
” Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”- Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)
Love one another:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”– 1 John4:7(NIV)
“43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”– Matthew 5:43-48 (NIV)
We do all of this because of the love God has for us, his children.
“7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”– 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)
So please, go out and have a great night, complete with hearts and roses and chocolate, but remember: God calls us to love every single day. There’s nothing more rewarding than showing others love in the name of the Father.