Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Are you excited about the pink and red color scheme, the cute hearts, the candy, the cards, and the flowers? If not, that’s perfectly okay with us. We certainly understand that there are people who wish they could just disappear today. They don’t want to participate, and certainly don’t want to celebrate it. Whether you’re excited about today’s holiday or not, we wanted to take a moment to share a different perspective on love—God’s perspective.
In the Bible, we can learn a lot about what God thinks about love and what love means to Him. To God, real love is about so much more than receiving flowers and chocolate on Valentine’s Day. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Paul shares this famous description of real love.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…”
That’s a lot for love to live up to, right? Not keeping a record of wrongs? Not being jealous? Not being impatient? That’s no easy task. Yet, God doesn’t expect those things to come easy. Quite the opposite, He only desires that we strive to be patient, kind, to not envy, to not boast, to trust, hope, and persevere. That’s the goal that we should work for in our relationships— romantic or otherwise. He calls us to love like He loves us. He knows we will always fall short, but with the Holy Spirit within us it is possible to continually strive to love like He does.
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In closing, we challenge you to pick one of the following attributes of what love is—patient, kind, protects, trusts, hopes, or perseveres. Put it on a post-it note on your computer, planner, or mirror, or even set it as a daily reminder on your phone. By doing this, we want you to continually be reminded of that attribute of love and to strive to love like God does. If you’re up for it, we’d love to see what attribute you chose! Put it on your Instagram story and tag us @fcacheer!
Posted on Wed, February 14, 2018
by Lydia Johnson filed under