The Forgotten Valentine

Love!         Many of my friends are single and something I’ve heard ever since high school is how a lot of them don’t like Valentine’s Day because they “don’t have a Valentine.” First of all, let’s celebrate those who do have that special someone. Second of all, we all have a Valentine better than any significant other – our Valentine is the one who gave us the perfect example of love. 1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us…” If this isn’t the ultimate valentine, I don’t know what it is.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son. That whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.” God loved the world, literally every single person, so much that he sent Jesus to be the living sacrifice and the ultimate demonstration of love. Yet we’re too focused on having a significant other that we tend to forget we have all we need in Christ. I’m not saying you can’t want to be in a relationship, of course you can – I think we all would like to be to a certain extent (even those of us who are content in being single). What I am saying though is stop saying you don’t like Valentine’s Day and stop complaining because you’re single. Rather focus on the love that God has brought us, for we are the bride of Christ and no other relationship can bring us what our relationship with Christ can.

If you rejoice now in the love that Christ has given you, when you are in a relationship at some point it will be easier to keep Christ as the center and as the ultimate example for the love that you should strive to have toward each other. So this Valentine’s Day, I challenge you to remember the forgotten Valentine, Jesus, and to celebrate his unconditional, unending, unimaginable love for us. Rather than sulking in your sorrow for not having a significant other, do something that demonstrates God’s love to someone else. There are so many things you can do, only some of which are listed below.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Love you all!

 

Ideas to demonstrate God’s love:

  • Take cookies to a widow
  • Surprise a friend or family member with coffee
  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Send someone an encouraging text
  • Tell someone you love them

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