Originally posted on Facebook, 2/14/11.
You’re probably going to dismiss this tirade as that of someone who’s bitter because he doesn’t have a “valentine.” And you may be right, but stick with me.
Aside from the fact that it’s a Hallmark Holiday, the fact that we take one day in mid-February and set it aside for the sole purpose of showing someone how much we love them by way of pretty flowers and fancy chocolates, is just silly.
What I’m saying is, we should be showing that love every day of the year, not just February 14th.
1 John 4:11-12 says: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”
His love for us can’t be contained to just one day, nor should our love for Him and for one another. Some people may not know the love of God because they’re not seeing it in us.
God’s love for us manifests itself each and every day, but some of us fail to see it. It’s in every little thing—the nice weather, the free coffee you got, the friends and family in your life—the list goes on and on.
Why should we do this? We do it because it’s what God does and what he is still doing. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
In John 13:34, Christ says, “‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’”
As his love for us is true and real and not based on status or any kind of reciprocation, so should our love be for others.
God is in us and we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26), so let’s try to be more like Him and make every day Valentine’s Day.