Happy day after Valentine’s Day. Are you basking in the glow of a nice, romantic evening? Hitting up the clearance bins for the chocolates you didn’t get? Amused by how much others fuss over this “Hallmark Holiday”? Did you know that Valentine’s Day is named for a saint–St. Valentine?
Even the sources that report these stories don’t suggest that they are true, but the Bible does shed light on some truths about love. So, what does the Bible say about love?
God is Love. This is probably the first Bible verse I learned–probably without trying! (It’s from I John 4: 8). Even now, I can benefit from pondering its simplicity and profound truth.
Love is patient, love is kind. Once I start thinking about Bible verses about love, this passage from I Corinthians comes to mind.
We used it in our wedding service, did you?
We are commanded to love one another. 1 John 3: 11 says it plainly:
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
You probably have heard the hymn, “They will know we are Christian by our love.” Sometimes those words strike me as over-confident, but I treat them as a standard to strive for. Am I showing the love for my “neighbor” that Jesus calls me to show? Would I want someone to judge Christians by the way I am acting?
Being a parent helped me understand “unconditional” love. Before I was a parent, I had a hard time understanding how God could love even the “worst” sinners. But, once I saw that I don’t love my kids any less when they make mistakes, lash out at me in anger, or get in trouble, I began to grasp the depth of God’s love. My experience as a parent also helped me realize that God doesn’t even expect us to be perfect –He loves us just as we are, even if He wishes we made better choices.
Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?