Are you hoping to be struck by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, but as believers in Christ, we know that love is so much more than just a feeling. In fact, Jesus himself defined love as something that goes beyond emotion and extends to action. That combination is a much more potent arrow to be struck by in both intimate relationships and as we engage the world.
In John 15:13, Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This is the ultimate example of selfless love, and it’s a reminder that true love involves sacrifice and putting the needs of others before our own.
As believers, we are called to follow Jesus’s example and love others in this way. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we must physically lay down our lives for others (although it could in some circumstances), but it does mean that we should be willing to put the needs of others before our own. How does this look? This might involve volunteering our time or resources, offering support and encouragement to those who are struggling, or simply being there for someone when they need it most.
On Valentine’s Day, it’s a good time to think about how we can show love to those around us. This might be through small acts of kindness, such as sending a thoughtful card or gift, or simply spending quality time with the people we care about. But let’s also remember that love is not just something we do on one special day a year – it’s something we should strive to show every day.
The Bible tells us the greatest commandment is to LOVE God and then to LOVE your neighbor. Love is a powerful change agent to a hurting world and when God’s love flows to us and then through us our spouses, children, neighbors, and co-workers will experience God in their lives.
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s remember the ultimate example of love that we have in Jesus. May we seek to follow His example and show love to others in all that we do.