Valentine’s Day often provides excitement for some while dread for others.
If you have a significant person in your life, Valentine’s Day may be a day of gift-giving and a night out on the town. However, if you don’t, you may feel unloved or unworthy of love on that particular day.
But Valentine’s Day is focused mostly on romantic love, when there are so many other types of love in the world. Love for parents, children, animals, favorite foods, gardening, reading, the great outdoors and traveling, etc.
I’ve been taught God loves us each and every day. His love is the same on Valentine’s Day as it is on any other day. It’s the one love we can rely on whether or not we have a specific person with whom we can spend the day.
I have rarely had a romantic date on Valentine’s Day. I focus my love on how to make others feel loved. This doesn’t come from a human sense of Love but from God, who is Love itself as stated by John in the Bible: "God is Love."
It empowers both parties to see who needs love and to supply it.
In a course called the "Relationship Communication Specialist," which I developed using Bible texts as a guide to interaction between people, Gary Chapman’s book, "The Five Love Languages" is required reading. He describes how to discern people’s love language and declares that everybody has a primary one which, when satisfied, will fill our “love tank”.
It’s a joy to find one another’s love language and help fill the tank with love.
The Bible tells us, "Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)
My daughter created origami flowers for tutors and friends. It made her happy to anticipate the smile on their faces when they received a gift straight from her heart.
I’m unaware of any specific tradition within the churches I attend, but my personal tradition for Valentine’s Day is to explicitly follow Jesus' command in John 13:34-35:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
For truly every day is Valentine’s Day because God Loves you.