Today’s topic is one of controversy…That’s right, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day! People either love it or hate it, and it might surprise you to hear that I absolutely love it. I love everything about it! The colors, the chocolate, the love; everything that’s included in the holiday!
As adults, we consider Valentine’s Day to be a couple’s only holiday between husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend. That wasn’t how we were brought up though; we were taught to be inclusive. Think back to elementary school when you had to bring valentines to every one of your classmates, whether you agreed with them or not, whether you were friends with them or not. I can remember taking the time to individually read every one of the valentines that my classmates would bring me.
The Apostle Paul talks to us about love in the Bible in a biblical context. Meaning, if we consider ourselves followers of Jesus Christ, this is what love should look like for us:
1 Corinthians 13 says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up.”
To love like this is a choice. To be kind to those we don’t agree with, that we don’t see eye to eye with, to consider a perspective of grace first before condemnation, that’s what Jesus is asking us to do.
Bring on the chocolate; let’s share it with the whole class! Whether that means somebody you work with, parents you’re crossing paths with, or your neighbors you don’t take time to say hi to. I ask that this year you find a way to show love to others and I hope you receive love. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!