Be My Valentine

by APC on February 18, 2015

We’ve  just surpassed the greatest Hallmark™ holiday of the year—Valentine’s Day. The celebration is earmarked by cupids, hearts, flowers, and the overarching theme of love. In our culture today, we designate actual “days” to demonstrate an action, remember an event, etc. In the onslaught of daily activities, we have a tendency to forget to do things…

Love, however, isn’t something that God intended for us to mark on our calendars, set a reminder on our mobile device, fulfill one day, and then push it to the back of our minds until the next year. God created love, demonstrates love, and expects love to be a constant, habitual action in our life.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth… (I Corinthians 13:4–8, KJV).

I Corinthians 13:4–8 is a well-known passage of Scripture, which focuses on love (charity). There are three types of love referred to and/or mentioned in the Bible:

  • Agapé—This love represents divine love; how God feels toward His creation.
  • Phileo—This love is described as brotherly love, or an ardent affection toward a person.
  • Eros—This love is one of desire, impulsive, and is self-gratifying.

The type of love referenced in I Corinthians 13 is actually Godly love: agapé love per the original Greek. God desires His children to exhibit and demonstrate a Godly love to others. This love should be employed daily—not just on Valentine’s Day, not just one day a month, or only excluded to weekends. We can show brotherly-love (phileo) with others, but God wants us to ensure that we display sacrificial love, which is a deeper love than phileo.

God provides many examples of agapé love in Scripture, and even demonstrates love for His children on a continual basis. However, the greatest example of agapé love is when God robed Himself in flesh, inhabited an earthly vessel, dwelt among us for 33 ½ years, and died on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind—everyone from the beginning to the end of time.

When we think about love, it isn’t just something we have; it isn’t just something we say. Agapé love is demonstrated in action—something we do or don’t do. I Corinthians 13:5 instructs us not to “behave unseemly.” Behavior is validated by demonstration; when we behave, we act. Showing love to others is in what we do (or don’t do) for and to them.

In our day-to-day life we need to take a step back and evaluate all of our actions and determine if they truly demonstrates an act of love. Then, we need to evaluate if the act of love equals God’s definition. When we allow God to instruct us in loving others, He will reveal to us many ways to display agapé love not only to others, but to Him as well.

Starting today, instead of allowing a “day” of the year to dictate when we should extend love to others, let’s be a “Valentine” every day of the year. Let us reciprocate the agapé  love that God shows us to other people so they may understand the fullness of God’s love and blessing in their life.