If you have gone to the grocery store lately – you must know what day is approaching. Pink and red, hearts, flowers and candy are filling the aisles as February 14th advances upon us. Now this day may be a special one for you as you and your sweetheart have plans to celebrate, or this may be a tough one for you if you are dealing with a heartbreak or a loss. Let’s take a moment to think about what this day is supposed to be about: LOVE. But who is the author and creator of love? God, of course.
I am blessed to have a romantic husband and this would be our first Valentine’s Day married to each other. The previous couple of years, when we were dating and engaged, he took the time to take me to a fancy restaurant and purchased me flowers and a nice card. This year, the plans were the same. He called a month ahead to get reservations at one of the nicest restaurants in town – because that’s what you do on Valentine’s Day when you are married, right?
While I was sitting there contemplating this, God spoke to my heart. Wade and I don’t need a specific day to celebrate our love for each other – this should be done every day. If we only do this once a year we are in trouble! What about those people out there who aren’t feeling very loved this year? What about God’s perfect love and the love of Jesus Christ? Isn’t that more powerful than some pink and red holiday? Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35). It also goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Do everything in love.” So on this “day of love”, that society so deemed it, shouldn’t we especially be living out Christ’s commands?
I spoke to my husband and told him how God had put this on my heart and he agreed whole-heartedly. While we do have to take the time to honor our marriage – we can do that another day. We agreed that the “love day” would be better spent showing others what love really is, Christ’s love. We can do this by loving others instead.
If you are reading this right now and feeling guilty about your Valentine’s Day plans, please don’t. That was not my intention at all. You have a right to celebrate your loved ones. But if you are reading this and God is also convicting you with the same thing that He has me – what are some things you can do to show God’s love to a friend, family member, church friend or even a stranger? I know what Wade and I will be doing that day – but what is God calling you to do to show love?
Prayer: Father God, thank you for creating love. Thank you for loving us so much that you sent Your Son so we could have eternal life. Please show me how you want me to show that love to others. Help me to obey Your commands to love others so we can make this world a better place to glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.