Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. To some people it is the most romantic time of the year, to others it reminds them of the people who have passed away, and to even others it is a reminder that they do not have a significant other. I want to propose to you a different way to look at Valentine’s Day. I want us to start to look at Valentine’s Day as God’s day. I know some of you are sitting there reading this and are saying, of course I would say that because Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. I mean that every single day of the week, we should be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Let me take you on a small journey through the New Testament. We will start in 1 John 4:7-11, which says, “
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
Here we can see many different things. The thing that I really want you to focus on is verse 8, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” It says that we need to love because God is love. The passage continues on and talks about how God showed us this love by sending His Son Jesus to die for our sins. So we can conclude that God is love. We need to be celebrating Valentine’s Day every day because we should be celebrating God every day. Well what does this mean that we are celebrating? We need to then make the jump to the famous love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13. Verses 4- 8a reads this, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” Did you see all the things that God is? We can celebrate Valentine’s Day every single day of the week, because God is love. Take some time and celebrate Valentine’s Day every single day of the week, because love is all about who God is. What a wonderful and comforting thing to know that God is love. So are you celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 15th?