This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11 NIV
One of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day, or Heart’s Day. Valentine’s Day brings the colors pink and red, vibrant sweet-smelling flowers, ornamental lace, conversation candy hearts, romantic greeting cards and of course, chocolate. Hearts full of chocolate are so delightful!
But Valentine’s Day brings so much more: it is a day where we have the opportunity to send greeting cards stuffed with encouragement and love. There is such a variety of cards to choose from which provide an assortment of thoughts and verse. After selecting the perfect cards, I grab my Christmas list and begin to address and write cards to my friends and family. This is my favorite part.
It is my chance to clearly and boldly tell each friend and family member I love them. Throughout the year, I express my love to my family with regularity but, my friends? Well… I do not speak these words nearly enough, as it can feel slightly awkward. Valentine’s Day gives me this opportunity.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus, wrote and spoke love to the believers in various churches in his letters to them. Specifically, to the church in Philippi, Paul says he has love for them in his heart. (Philippians 1:7) He even exhorted the Roman believers to do everything in love. (I Corinthians 16:14)
And my best friend, Jesus, also states that He loves me and will show Himself to me. ( John 14:21) In fact, Jesus has shown Himself and expressed His love to me by giving up His life on the cross and rising again just for me. He loves me so very much!
So this Valentine’s Day I will once again send those lovely heart-shaped cards which will distinctly declare, “I love you!”
Digging Deeper |
Psalm 103 especially verse 8
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Speak love to a friend this month.
Dear Father, You are the God of love. You loved me so much You gave Your life for me. Thank You. Help me to express my love to my family and friends this month even though it may feel strange or difficult. I truly want them to know how much I love them. I love You, Father. Amen.
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