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~By Sharon

It seems that everything must be politically correct these days! It is funny how one of the cartoons that my kiddos watched recently was an episode about ‘Love Day’ when the episode was quite obviously about Valentine’s Day.

On a more serious note…some of you may really dislike Valentine’s Day. There may be no particular reason for you to make this day into a big deal, and it is fine for you not to highlight this particular day in February. Honestly, in my 30-some years of life, there have probably been more Valentine’s Days that I disliked than the opposite!

Goodness, this all sounds like a downer-of-a-post! This is not my goal at all! For those of you who enjoy the holiday, may it be a fun one!

I do want to highlight, though, that the Bible teaches much about love, and God expects us to show love all of the time—not just on February 14.

I desire to leave you with a short, encouraging note from two brief Bible passages, that have long-been favorites of mine:

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another (Romans 12:10, NKJV).

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4, NKJV).

God wants us to remember that life is not all about us. (Goodness, we think to ourselves when dealing with children, don’t they know yet that life does not revolve around them! Then, of course, we fail to see how we are guilty of the same thing!) Anyway, we should instead be lovingly searching for ways to prefer others—on Valentine’s Day and every day! Preferential love and considering another’s interest, above our own, is an admirable aim. Better yet, doing these is a means to obey God’s Word!

So, whether Valentine’s Day is an annoying or special holiday, it is still an opportunity to think about how we can more selflessly show love to those around us.

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