Each year on February 14 we peruse the store shelves for the perfect gift or card for a loved one. You’ve probably given and received some special valentines in your life as well. You’ve probably had some things wrapped in red foil or a heart-shaped box. Or maybe you’ve stood at a florist’s counter trying to decide on a “just right” arrangement of roses. St Valentine’s Day offers us the opportunity to say “I love you” in a different, more festive way. But what is the real meaning of this so called Love day? What it means for Christians? Maybe the best gift for your loved one would be St Valentine’s day prayer for love?
What is Biblical Love? 4 meanings of word Love
What the world needs now is true love, true biblical love. But just what is biblical love? For what love we should ask in St Valentine’s day prayer. There are four types of love. The Greek language uses four separate words that describe different kinds of human affection and are all translated as “love” in English.
The Greek word “eros” is defined as a passionate emotion. It is physical sexual attraction, infatuation or lust for power, wealth or fame. It is also indicative of the strong feelings of patriotism. It is commonly selfishly motivated and arises from a person’s own inner desires.
The Greek word “storge” is an affectionate emotion. This love is a naturally born emotion and is typical of the bonds between parent and child or the attraction between a loyal citizen and a trustworthy ruler. Both of these types of love are very unstable and are easily affected by present circumstances. They can wax cold and wane depending on the whim of the day.
Unfortunately, these are the very two types of love that seem to be most widely sought after. Certainly most forms of media and music promote these forms of “love.” It is interesting to note that neither of these words is used for the love found in the New Testament.
A third type of love is “phileo.“ This is the cherishing and endearing love of a husband and wife, family members for one another, or the love of life-long friends. It is a deeply tender love that holds someone or something ever so dear to the heart.
True Biblical love only comes from God. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is “agape” love, the love of God. It is selfless and sacrificial. This is a love that is controlled not by emotion, but by the mind, the reason and the will. It does what is right no matter what the circumstances. This is the love Jesus Christ showed us by dying on the Cross for our sins. He was sinless and guiltless. This love is available to each of us, but it must be received. So ask for love in Valentine’s day prayer.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love
Definition of Love in 1 Corinthians
Paul in the First Letter to Corinthians wrote about the real love and it’s attributes. He emphasizes the importance of love for our salvation.
Real Love does the Right Things for the Right Reasons
Paul says real love does things from a pure motive and to do otherwise profits nothing!
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (Corinthians 13:2-3)
Paul says “I am nothing” and that’s mean that without love all would be of no value, it would not save us. “Love” is more valuable and precious than all these endowments. Nothing can supply its place; nothing can be connected with salvation without it.
Real Love has Certain Attributes
Paul says real love has certain unmistakable qualities.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Real Love Stands the Test of Time
Paul concludes this wonderful chapter on love in verse 13 by saying that in the end there are three essential things that will matter – FAITH, HOPE and LOVE and the greatest of these is real love!
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
God’s Love for us Never Ends
God’s love for us is a love that endures, He always stands ready to forgive and to pardon if we will only turn to Him is trust and repentance. He only asks that you love Him enough to obey his salvation plan and constantly talk with Him in prayer. One of these could be Valentine’s day prayer asking to teach us to love others.
Invite Jesus Christ into your life and heart today and enjoy His sacrificial love for you and be enabled to sacrificially love others. Show someone what true love is by saying St Valentine’s day prayer!
St Valentine’s Day Prayer for Love
Heavenly Father, thank you for the wonderful gift of love you have given to the mankind and each of us. Thank you for blessing us every day with your love. Without your love for us we couldn’t be who we are. We need your love every day. It’s like food for our souls.
Please continue to let us feel your love in our lives. Lord, we give ourselves over to you to perfect in us this gift of love. We want to share it with others. Lord, please teach us to love and make our hearts like yours. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.