It is always interesting to read back on the early origins of any holiday, and Valentine’s Day is one that certainly dates itself back many centuries. In our society today, Valentine’s is a very “couples” oriented holiday. It is also very commercialized, guilt driven, and can often times be very depressing for people who may not be in a romantic relationship. But over the years, I’ve come to think of Valentine’s Day as a great excuse to show GOD’S love. So many verses in the Bible tell us of God’s love for us and how we should love one another, not just those we are romantically involved with.
1 John 4:19
We love because He first loved us.
Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything back.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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 truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Love isn’t just for couples. If you’re like me, and you fall short of showing love to those around you from time to time, think of Valentine’s Day as a good excuse for you to show love to someone – anyone. I have teenage boys who aren’t always receptive to daily “love” but on Valentine’s day they seem to always accept what I have to give. Even if it’s a simple handmade note, a homemade cake or cookies, they always seem willing to receive it on Valentine’s Day. So I make it a point to give a little something on Valentines. Never anything expensive, just a little treat to show my love for them. Even showing a little extra love to my dog is always well received.
But you can show love to anyone. Give a call to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, maybe forgive someone you’ve been holding a grudge against for a while. Hand out Valentines to your neighbors like you used to do in school. Wish your mom and dad a Happy Valentine’s Day. Go visit your grandma. Send a text or email to your siblings. Or how about this? Talk to God and tell Him how much you love Him. He is in fact the creator of LOVE and has shown the greatest love there is to us. He desires to be with us and commune with us every day, how about giving Him some time on Valentine’s, and say something like…. “I Love you Lord, on Valentine’s and always”.
Just remember, LOVE can be shown to anyone and should be given to everyone. Don’t get trapped in the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, or the fantasy that it is just for couples. Valentine’s can be a great way to show anyone you care about them and give a little LOVE.
Wishing you and those you love, a Happy Valentine’s Day!