Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-12)
Here are some great resources and articles for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy!
Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life (Desiring God) “Singleness’s greatest sorrows are secretly reinforced every February in the souls of the not-yet-married still waiting for their wedding day. While many of our friends and family are inundated with dates, flowers, chocolate, and love notes, lots and lots of the valentine-less are overwhelmed with everything from impatience to bitterness, from shame to regret to confusion.”
A Prayer for Valentine’s Day (Scotty Smith) “Dear Lord Jesus, it’s the day in our culture in which red hearts, overpriced cards, dark chocolates, and cut flowers abound—Valentine’s Day is upon us. We praise you for the joys of romantic love—past and present, But even more so, we praise you for being the One in whom our great longing for intimacy and rich connection finds its fulfillment.”
Valentine’s Day Is For Getting Drunk (Jon Bloom) “Be drunk with love! I would say that’s a sweet imperative. The Bible doesn’t want us to drink in moderation when it comes to loving our lover. We are to drink deeply and become inebriated.”
A Cord of Three Strands: Three Centuries of Christian Love Letters (Diana Lynne Severance) $2.99
Ligonier Ministries has several good resources for this “love day.” Friday only $5 sale. Especially check out the Teaching Series on Christian Marriage and Love and The Christian Lover by Michael Haykin