Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentines’s Day, originated as a church holiday on February 14th to honor martyrs of the faith – saints whose names were Valentine or Valentinus. It is believed that the first heart valentine note was sent by a Valentine who was in prison for a girl he loved. Valentines notes have been recorded for as far back as the Middle ages. While the meaning and celebrations of Valentine’s Day has changed, it has remained as a special day to shower with love those we hold close.
Valentine’s day can create a variety of emotions for different people. For some it creates great satisfaction celebrating the love you have between you, your spouse, and your friends & family. For others it can cause feelings of loneliness. Whether you are single or in a relationship, let these Bible verses encourage you to celebrate, for God has 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.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
1 John 4:8
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.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:12
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
We love because He first loved us
1 John 4:19
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.
Song of Songs 1:2