Spreading Love Beyond Valentine’s Day

Now that the chocolate has been eaten and the rose petals thrown out, it’s time for a little post-Valentine’s Day reflection. Sure, we all enjoyed the candy, flowers, and intimate dinners, but let’s take a moment to consider something deeper.

Valentine’s Day often shines a spotlight on romantic love, which is fantastic, but it’s just one kind of love.  With the memory of heart-shaped candy and cards still fresh, let’s consider how we can extend that love beyond our romantic relationships to those who could use a different kind of love—the kind that transforms lives.

How did you show love on Valentine’s Day to that special someone? Maybe it was a thoughtful gift, a handwritten love letter, or just spending quality time together. These gestures, both big and small, show that we love and serve to strengthen our relationship. They help us to show our love and shouldn’t be limited to just one day a year.  Let’s make everyday Valentine’s Day for those we love by showing them appreciation, kindness, and support in every way we can.

Now, let’s pivot to a different kind of love—the love of Christ that is within us (1 John 4:7-12).  This kind of love should compel us to share the good news of the gospel with those who don’t know Christ. This kind of love is eternal and literally transforms lives.  Just as we invest time and effort into nurturing our romantic relationships, we can invest in spreading the message of hope, redemption, and eternal love found in Christ.

Showing love to those who need the gospel doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. It can start with a simple act of kindness—a smile, a helping hand, or a listening ear. These small gestures of love open the door for deeper conversations about faith and our relationship with Christ. Whether it’s inviting a neighbor to church, sharing your own testimony, or being there for someone during difficult times, there are so many ways to show love that leads to open doors for gospel conversations.  How have you shown the love of Christ to family members, co-workers, and neighbors?   

Let me suggest that one of the greatest ways to show your love for others is by praying for them. Praying for our loved ones and for those who are lost is a profound expression of love. It demonstrates our genuine concern for their well-being and recognition that everyone needs Christ as Lord of their lives.  Praying demonstrates our faith in God’s ability to transform their heart and life, regardless of their present condition.

So, as we say goodbye to Valentine’s Day for another year, don’t say goodbye to demonstrating your love for God and others. Let’s continue to nurture our relationships, by sharing our love and the love of Christ with others.  If the love of God is in us, we will love others, because love is not meant to be contained; it’s meant to be shared abundantly. Here’s to a lifetime of love for Christ and others that extends beyond Valentine’s Day!

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