- The history and origin of Valentine’s day are not quite certain. But one thing is certain, the meaning of valentine’s day. Over the years, Valentine day has become a special day to shower love to those we hold dear.
Many Christians have aired various misinterpretations for the notion of valentine day. It has created a variety of emotions for different Christians. For some it creates great satisfaction, celebrating the love – between spouse, friends and family. For other Christians, its an aberration, and for some, it can cause feelings of loneliness.
Whether you are single or in a relationship, let these Bible verses encourage you to celebrate love. God has an unconditional and indescribable love for us. No matter your age or stage in life, Valentine’s Day can be celebrated because of God’s great love.
Hence, we would be taking a look at what the bible instructs about love, its conduct and how we should go about our lives in it.
Valentine’s Day and the Bible
1. Ecclesiastes 9:9 – Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love
This bible verse is simple and straight to the point. Enjoy life with the wife you love.
2. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
The context of love is one that involves not just the purchase of gift items, but the practical show of love in action.
3. 1 Corinthians 13:4-15 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
The view of the bible on love is made quite clear here. What love should entail, how it should react, how it should act, this verse is timeless in its scope and application. It can be said to be a litmus test for the concept of true Biblical love.
4. Mark 12:33 – To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.
The concept of love in the context of the scriptures is not just restricted to showing love to those who are seeming recipient of your love, but also to your neighbours, as this much more valued before God than sacrifices.
5. 1 John 3:18 – Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
This is another verse that emphasizes the value of action in love and not just words.
6. Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This should represent our thoughts and reactions when we are to carry out any activity, especially during this Valentine season.
7. Colossians 3:14 – And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Of all the virtues that are recognized, that which is most exalted is the virtue of Love.
8. Romans 12:9 – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Re-emphasizing the true nature of love, this has to be sincere. Actions gifts, expensive dinners must stem out of the sincerity of the heart.
9. Ephesians 5:1 – Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.
Why should we love? You may ask, the simple answer is above, to be like our father in heaven, we should emulate his nature which is love.
10. 1 John 4:7-8 – Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This like the previous verse helps us understand why we should love, but it further goes to address the issue of where godly love can be drawn from. Simple right? God!
More Bible Scriptures that Support Valentine’s Day
11. 1 John 4:16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
When we come to understand the significance of God’s love for us, it becomes easier to love others.
12. 1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.
Why again do we love? Why is it easy to love as a believer? Why should we love others? The answers to these questions are just above because he first loved us.
13. Matthew 22:37–39 – Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
In whatever celebrations we would be engaging in, we should always remember that our first love is to be to God before any man.
14. John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
This was Jesus speaking before he finally embodied the love of which he spoke.
15. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The perfect example of love was the death of Jesus for the sake of every man and woman. This was also a show of love from God allowing his only begotten to die for the sake of mankind.
It is of great importance to have these verses as guards for our hearts. Valentine’s day is a period of love and affection, thus we should show love in action with sincerity of heart, and the right and proper fashion. The verses are given in the new International Version.