“Jubilation” describes the month of February for many. Smack in the middle of it is Valentine’s Day, the “day of love,” which is celebrated in many countries around the world. On the 14th of February, couples cuddle, chocolate is devoured, hugs and kisses are exchanged. In Germany, giving your loved one a pig is the tradition.1 In Taiwan, 108 roses signifies a proposal.2 In Dominican Republic and El Salvador, playing games is customary.3
However, February can also be a depressing time of year for many young adults. Heart-shaped balloons and the color of red can make you sick to your stomach. Seeing your friends hand-in-hand with their significant others, while the only thing you’re carrying is a calculus book can be a demoralizing feeling. This lousy day is just another reminder, a dagger in your heart, that everyone is “in love” except for you.
Whether you are on either side of the coin, remembering who your True Love is, is much more important than the person who keeps you up on the phone all night. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the Bible’s love chapter. It reads, “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 Cor. 13:4–7, NIV).
If you think this kind of love is impossible to give or to even receive, you’re dead wrong. These definitions of love are the characteristics of God, who gave Love to us, in the form of a human, and receives love from us, if we decide to give it back. And we aren’t to stop there; we are to love our friends and family, our enemies and strangers, with this same kind of love.
What day comes before the 14th? The 13th, of course. And, again, what chapter is the love chapter? 13. Maybe, coincidentally or not, the 13th is a reminder of where to place your love- priority. Whether you are engaged, married, single, or divorced, God is Love and He explains it in this chapter. So when the 13th rolls around this month, why not rededicate your life to Him, the One who can take the translation of heart-felt love to a whole new level. May the affection, cherishment, and passion you receive from Him come first, a full 24 hours before the bliss or dread you may feel the following day.
You may not have a girlfriend, but you have a Life-Giver. You might not be in a relationship, but you have a Redeemer. It might’ve been awhile since you’ve been on a date, but you have the Divine right by your side.
Get “lost in love” with the Love-Giver. Praise God if you have a special someone. For everyone else, may your heart not be disheartened during this time of year. Chocolate or no chocolate, “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).
1. http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/blog/bid/113268/Top-10-Valentine-s-Day-Celebrations-Around-the-World-While-Teaching-English (accessed January 23, 2014).
3. Cindy Solis, Silver International Newspaper, http://silverinternational.mbhs.edu/v202/v20.2.02a.Valentine.html (accessed January 23, 2014).