It’s that day again – Valentine’s Day – the day we traditionally celebrate our love and affection with our intimate partner. Some will get flowers today – and some will not. Some will get extravagant gifts today – and some will not. Some will measure their lover’s devotion by the amount of money he spent on the gift. Some will be pleased – some will be deeply disappointed – and some will be lonely today. I cherish what God has to say on the topic of love:
1 Corinthians 13:4–8a – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails …
Matthew 22:37–39 – Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.