Unselfish love doesn’t need Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday where we focus on those we love.

It’s a romantic time that should bring joy to those who have good relationships. For those who don’t, well, it’s kinda cruel.

Of course, the holiday is economy driven and we fall in line and spend our money. Nevertheless, the day is important and we should express our fondness for that special person.

As Christians, educated on Gods Word, we should have a greater understanding of love. The world’s version is so confused as to be practically meaningless.

As taught by God’s Word, true love is unselfish and completely foreign to worldly definitions.

Proper love is focused on the recipient of our love instead of our own needs (1 Corinthians 13:1-8). It “does not seek its own” (1 Corinthians 13:5, NKJV).

Love always gives, rather than takes (John 3:16; 15:13). It has no ulterior motives and needs no exterior motivation. It’s driven from within and is a mighty force.

The romantic model of marriage is for the husband and wife to become one flesh (Genesis 2:15-25). We place them above ourselves and we treat them the way we desire to be treated.

Completely unselfish, we do all we can to ensure that our marriage is as healthy as it can be.

Modeling itself after Christ’s selflessness (Ephesians 5:22-31), we don’t need reminders to express our love or affection. Media campaigns are unnecessary and gold, chocolate and flowers are but baubles.

When love is breathing, it’s never forgotten. A craving isn’t overlooked. It demands to be fed.

Likewise, when we have a powerful, unselfish love, it is always on our minds and on our lips. Nothing could stop us from sharing and caring.

For those who need reminding, we have sadness and a suggestion to see what God offers in his Word. He has a better way.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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