If you look around you today, you’ll see all sorts of expressions and definitions of love. Rather than add my own voice to an already overwhelming cacophany, let me take you to the truest and simplest definition of love there is, from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.
There it is. It isn’t poems and heart-shaped cards, chocolates and flowers, although all of those things are nice. It’s daily, and it’s humble. On Valentine’s Day, we tend to think of sweethearts and spouses, but let’s remember that the greatest love of all is the love God has for us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:7-12).
Many are bound to be disappointed on Valentine’s Day when expectations are not met. But God’s love does not, cannot disappoint:
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5).
No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope you will dwell in the love God has for you.
And now, to celebrate love, I have a CASE of 22 copies of The Love Dare to give away to ONE lucky winner! What would you do with 22 copies? To enter the drawing, leave a comment below. I’ll choose a winner at random on Monday, Feb. 18.
Please note: This give-away is open to all of you. But if your husband is currently deployed, you may also be interested in this wonderful resource: 40 Days of the Deployment Dare, courtesy of ExcellentorPraiseworthy.org. It’s a free adaptation of the love dare that you can do even while apart from your spouse. You may still enter to win the case of the paperbacks, I just wanted you to also know about this!