I never really celebrated Valentine’s Day until I was engaged to the guy who would eventually become my husband. Growing up, my parents would give us cards and a carnation or balloon from our school Valentine’s fundraiser. But somehow I always managed to be single when February 14th rolled around. Truthfully, I didn’t mind too much. I was having fun with my friends playing it up as a “singles pride” sort of day.
Then I met the guy I would eventually marry, and at age 22, I finally had a chance to enjoy the day with someone special. And I think it’s pretty cool that he’s the only guy I’ve ever celebrated Valentine’s Day with.
Looking back, though, I wonder why we never set aside the day to commemorate God’s love for us. Why we never spent money or time sharing His love with friends we cared about. Why we never focused on the (non-romantic) love we have for one another in Christ.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God.
The Apostle John spends almost a whole chapter expounding upon the nature of God’s love, and how that love ought to be mirrored here on earth.
Those who love reflect the God who loves: they show their intimate knowledge of God by mirroring His love to others. On the flip side, those who fail to love others demonstrate an ignorance of the One who loved them first. They show, by their lack of love, a lack of personal relationship with God.
Why is that? Because God so loved every one us that He gave of His own self to pay the horrible penalty for our selfish rebellion. He so loved this crazy Veruca Salt world, despite our deliberate rejection of His love, that He provided reconciliation and redemption.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”1 John 4:10-11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Who can you share God’s love with this week? It doesn’t need be a romantic sort of love. And it certainly doesn’t need to be extravagant.
Here are a few printables to help:
- “You Are Loved” card — print on cardstock, write a short note inside, then to someone who needs a little encouragement \
- Hand-lettered print of 1 John 4:10-11 — print and display in your office, living area, church foyer, or anywhere that people can see and meditate on its words
- FREE bookmarks — print and cut out each bookmark, glue onto cardstock (or glue 2 pieces back-to-back), add a pretty ribbon or fun piece of yarn, then share with a friend or family member
Why leave Valentine’s Day to the married and dating couples?! Nothing wrong with that, but the rest of the world could use a reminder of God’s love too!