Valentine’s Day. What’s your first thoughts that spring to mind when you hear those two words? For me it’s couples, flowers, chocolates and love. But why do we automatically think that we have to receive something today in order to feel loved. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and there’s all kinds of love so why do we think Valentine’s Day has to be a celebration of romantic love.
The bible talks of four kinds of love:
Eros- a romantic love
Storage- a family love
Philia- a friendship love
About a week or so ago I was reading a devotion by UCB The Word and at the end they sometimes give you an activity or challenge. At the end of this devotion it encouraged readers to read over 1 Corinthians 13v3-8. I’ve read this passage before but this time I found myself reading it in the message version and I absolutely feel in love with how it was worded.
“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies.”
1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (MSG)
Anytime before when I read this passage I always thought of Eros; a romantic love. But now I see it’s truly about Agape; God’s love.
You see just because your not in a romantic relationship doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate or enjoy Valentine’s Day. There’s three other kinds of love you can celebrate instead.
Today I’m choosing to celebrate Agape love and I challenge you to do the same. How do you do this? Why not write a letter for God instead of sending a card. Instead receiving a gift, why not receive God’s word; reading over 1 Corinthians 13v3-8, John 3v16, Romans 5v8 or even the fathers love letter. Instead of going on a date, have a date with God; whether that’s in worship, prayer, reading, bible journalling.
The greatest gift you’ll receive today is the unfailing, never-ending, self-sacrificing love of God.