Today we celebrated Valentine’s Day. It’s so awesome to have a day dedicated to the celebration of love!
No commercial and pressurized date planning and gift buying for our family. Valentine’s Day to us is a reflection on love. Where love comes from, what it means and how to express love to one another in practical ways.
It’s also a day that the kids don’t fight and are SUPER nice to each other. They share their toys, they play together, they compliment each other and generally act very lovingly toward each other.
These warm and fuzzy feelings usually fade around 8PM! And by the next morning they are a long forgotten memory.
We prefer to celebrate the theme of love and not romantic love for these very specific reasons:
- My husband is not really into grand romantic gestures so any planned romantic celebration would have to be instigated by me.
- Many of my friends and family are not in relationships and they would be excluded by the idea of it being a couples-only holiday.
- I have a whole lot of love for my children and use this holiday to remind them of that and to treat them extra special.
- Our first Valentine’s Day date was a complete disaster so we had our first date (a do-over) only the next day. For that reason we also got married on 15th February. Thus the 15th February has always had more significance for us than the 14th February.
We express love to each other with cards and chocolates and we also reflect as a family on what it means to love one another and how we love others.
Love comes from God
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 English Standard Version (ESV)
We know that God is the Author of love and that Jesus Christ taught us how to love by His own example and teachings. So we look up scriptures in our bible to understand how we treat each other and how we can show love to one another in a way that is pleasing to Him.
5 Scriptures on love
1 Corinthians 13v4-7 English Standard Version (ESV)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Romans 8:37-39 English Standard Version (ESV)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Mark 12:30-31 English Standard Version (ESV)
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Philippians 2:3-4 English Standard Version (ESV)
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
1 Peter 4:8-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Romans 12:9-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
So how can we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Send a lovely message of love to anyone in your circle, pick up the phone just to say “I love you”, spend quality time with those who are dear to you and most importantly, show some love to yourself! Treat yourself to a long bubble bath or a special meal. Bake a cake just for you. Have your nails done (like I did!). Reflect on the amazing depth of love that God has for you (like I do everyday).