Valentine’s Day is a day of love. In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us that God is love. With such a connection between the two, it’s easy to see why people of faith often choose to include scripture in their holiday celebrations. Here are three love scriptures to help make your Valentine’s Day complete.
1. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”1 Corinthians 13:4-7
1st Corinthians 13: 4-7 is a passage that is frequently read at weddings because of its testament to true love. It is an ode to the definition of the purest of what love is at its core. On Valentine’s Day, we long to be reminded of what we should exemplify when we love our spouses on a day-to-day basis. Of course, we won’t always hit every mark perfectly, but the goal is to try.
2. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Valentine’s Day is all about being tied to someone and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 poetically reminds us just how valuable being coupled is. The author, King Solomon, compares and contrasts (through questioning) the benefits of two over one. And although he spends the earlier part of the verse speaking of two people, he cleverly ends by saying, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” King Solomon speaks of a third strand because, in marriage, God strengthens the couple’s unity as well. Although the sanctity of marriage is repeatedly honored throughout the Bible, this particular scripture will leave you feeling more grateful for the strength that your spouse adds to your life.
3. 1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13
As Christians, we know that faith and hope are extremely important parts of our walk. Consequently, 1 Corinthians 13:13 is an especially sweet verse because it elevates love above both faith and hope, two of the greatest gifts on Earth. Just as Christ loves us, we should show love to each other, especially on Valentine’s Day.
The Bible is full of verses that inspire us to love one another, and that’s exactly what Valentine’s Day is all about; love. Whether you choose to inscribe one of these three love scriptures on a gift, include on a card, or reflect on all three with your spouse, doing so is bound to add meaning to this special day.