1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
Valentines Day has been celebrated all over the world since the 5th Century. it’s considered a day of romance and love. It’s not about the silly cards children make and share with their classmates; it’s not about the chocolates and flowers either.
The giving of those things has a bigger meaning. It means I acknowledge you and love you for who you are.
God tells us that love is the laying down of our lives for our brothers, just as Jesus did for us. What he’s telling us that in love, we won’t look the other way when a friend or family member has a need, while I have abundance.
I am to “love” them, and help them as best I can. While I may not receive anything tangible in return, no doubt the seeds of my kindness will grow and one day become a great harvest.
So today, on Valentines Day don’t look for what others give you as some indication of love. Look at how they treat you and others when someone in need is present. Even if all you can do is a little, God will call it love. And remind us that’s what love really is.