Do you remember passing out little Valentine cards to all your classmates in elementary school? If you did this, you know those little cards weren’t expensive nor very expressive. The messages were relatively simple and generic: “Be My Valentine”; “Be Mine”; or a less relationally-binding wish like “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Perhaps it’s a good thing all those who received a “Be Mine” didn’t take it too seriously.
Later in life, the ante goes up as relationships deepen. Cards are reserved for that significant someone in our lives and may be accompanied by chocolates, a dozen red roses, or a romantic dinner for two.
Marriage raises the bar even more and should make Valentine’s Day super-special. The celebration with your spouse may be enlivened with a pleasant walk down memory lane as the two of you reminisce about how you met…when you fell in love…where the proposal took place…the wedding day…the honeymoon…the birth of children, and much more. Unwavering, unquestionable, unconditional love in marriage is magnificent to experience and is surely the purest form of this emotion humans can sense.
It is within the make-up of humans to love and to love deeply. We have the capability to love one another, but also to love the one true and living God. He created us and endowed us with this capacity. In His Word, God clearly declares love should be directed first and foremost toward Him.
In Matthew 22:36-39, Christ’s disciples asked Him to tell them the greatest commandment. We might phrase the question as “Of all the commandments, which is the most important? What is the one law that we absolutely must obey?” Christ’s response was concise and precise.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Any questions? That is as straightforward as it can get.
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget to express our love for our spouses, significant others, and children. But, let’s also take time to give some serious reflection to our love for Him…and don’t forget your neighbor!