Chocolates, cards, and flowers everywhere. Ah yes it’s Valentines Day. The day that couples “celebrate” their “love” for each other, cute little kids give each “valentines” at school, and the whole day everyone talks about love this and love that. There is nothing wrong with expressing love for one another, in fact I think it’s great. However, the world has a sort of backwards view of love, and I believe that valentines day proves this point. Love, according to the world, revolves around what someone can do for us, how they make us feel, or what they can give us. But there is a different kind valentine. A real one. TRUE love is not about getting, it’s about giving, and giving without the need to receive anything in return. And true love is a verb that is daily lived out not just shown once a year.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “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.”
The love described here is what love does when you give it away. If you really want show your love to someone, don’t just give them a card, flowers, candy, or some other romantic gift. Yes, make the day special if you want, but beyond that, and more importantly, make your relationship special in your everyday lives, together. Demonstrate your love by being patient with each other, treating each other with genuine honor. If you have two people, and each one is dedicated to the happiness of the other then there it’s not necessary to receive.
So as you celebrate your love this Valentines Day, try to remember the reality of true love. Take a bold step and try loving beyond your own wants and desires. And please, don’t stop when Valentines Day is over. GIVE your love every day of the year not just Valentines Day.