Valentine’s Day- A holiday celebrating Love…I think. Our version of love anyway – a big red heart shaped box of chocolates, a teddy bear, an expensive piece of jewelry, a dozen roses, a lovely card, a pack of candy and cards for your child’s class. Valentine’s Day is a store owners dream, and a husband’s nightmare! (some would have us believe) And the only person suffering more than a husband is a single person – “it’s like being vegan at a steakhouse” I heard this week – Ouch! Valentine’s Day has been manipulated so much we can lose sight of what we should be celebrating.
At a time where so many people are in search of love, and so many people are confused as to exactly what love is; at a time where so many of us have the wrong idea or no idea of what love really is, I thought it would be a good idea to see what God’s word says that love is. God being the source of love, must know what it is. God tells us in His word EXACTLY what love is, and it’s not chocolates or shades of grey. It is so much more.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
I could do with more love in my life – to both give it and to receive it. How about you?
I hope that as you pause to celebrate love today, you’ll remember the greatest love there has ever been.