On Valentine’s Day we express love to others and that is good, often a romanticizing of love but sometimes just a friendly acknowledgement of people we care about.
Let’s compare these expressions of love to God’s love.
Valentine’s Day Is . . . But God’s Love Is . . .
Valentine’s Day is a special day to express love but God’s love is on-going, for all times.
God continues to consistently and abundantly demonstrate that love (Rom. 5:8-10). — Are we willing to maintain control over our actions and reactions so in all things and in all ways, we are communicating His love? Are we willing to let go of the hurts and injustices, keeping no records of the wrongs done to us (1 Cor. 13:5)?
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to send cards to people we like but God’s love is unconditional, available to all.
God knows all there is to know about us, both the good and bad, and loves us anyway (Ps. 139). — Are we willing to let go of our biases and judgmental attitudes and extend God’s grace?
Valentine’s Day is a token expression of how we feel about others but God’s love is sacrificial, giving of oneself.
God’s love drove Him to give His all in sending Jesus. He sacrificed His own life so we can be in a relationship with Him, also breaking down the barriers between people who are different from one another so they can live in community. — Are we willing to get beyond some discomfort or inconveniences to maintain that unity He died to bring?
We have a relational God who is love and expects us to love others as He loves (Jn. 15:12-13; Eph. 5:25-28; 1 Jn. 4:7-11). Use this holiday to express your love to those you care about but remember that it is going to take more than a special day for them to experience God’s love through you.