“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NKJV
Regardless of its pagan origins, the celebration of Valentine’s Day has received widespread recognition as a day to focus on love. To remember people who are special to us with cards, flowers, and other expressions of affection.
Yet, in candid moments, many ponder the true inspiration for these expressions. Are they really inspired by love, or guilt? To what degree is this “love” just a temporary emotion triggered by the turning of the calendar? In fact, is this a love that will last?
These are moments when Believers turn back to the foundations of their faith. When we remember that God Himself is love (1 John 4:8). That love is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). That this is a love that is relevant every day of the year.
The Bible describes how love “does not envy” or draw attention to itself. It isn’t “puffed up” and doesn’t rejoice when others make mistakes but always seeks the best for everyone else. This love is never rude and never seeks its own way. This love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Other people will fail us, and other emotions and desires may encourage us to change. But God’s love is constant and dependable. It “never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-9).
The Bible reminds us that the reason we can love others is that God first loved us. That we all are recipients of that love. That as we receive His love, we are empowered to share with others. And that this love always is sincere.
Yes, we should express our love to our spouses, friends, and family members. But may we not forget to let the love of God flow through our lives, today and every day, in practical ways. And may we remember how much He loves each of us.
PrayerFather, thank You for loving me! I cannot know true love apart from You. Please help me to accept Your love, and love others with Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended Reading1 John 4