Valentine’s day is a day when love is often celebrated and sometimes expressed with more passion than any normal day. For some, love may feel obligated or compared. A day where expectations are set, but not always met. Dreaded by some and celebrated by many. Even though it is a day typically filled with warm, fuzzy feelings, we ought to take caution to never measure one’s worth or value solely on this fleeting day in February. Instead, we should recognize the power of what loving those around us brings to those we encounter in life. Not just on Valentine’s day, but every day. Why? Because, just like us, every single person we meet is loved by God and is someone Jesus died for.
Instead, we should recognize the power of what loving those around us brings to those we encounter in life. Not just on Valentine’s day, but every day. Why? Because, just like us, every single person we meet is loved by God and is someone Jesus died for.
Everyone you encounter – strangers, acquaintances, friends, family, enemies, even your unborn baby – can experience God’s love through you. Our very salvation came through love! As Christians, we are to emulate His example and show our love every day. But to give love, we must understand what love is first.
“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)
Showing love does not need to be extravagant to be felt by someone else. Making a phone call to a friend or family member filled with uplifting conversation, sending an unexpected greeting card, a door held, paying for someone else’s meal—all of these gestures communicate love. They are heart-warming examples of selfless giving and sharing Christ’s love to the world. No greater love has been shown throughout history than the love that God has shown for His children.
He did this by sending us His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a man to die for or sins. Who are you willing to die for? God’s love for us was so powerful that He was willing to sacrifice His Son so we could walk side by side with Him. God’s love has been constant throughout history; and will remain constant in the future. For He has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Love doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are 5 simple ways to show God’s love to others:
SHOW GOD’S LOVE BY ENCOURAGING
Everyone we meet is fighting some sort of battle. Even the most “put-together” people have something weighing them down. Just because someone carries it well, doesn’t mean it’s not heavy. Don’t hesitate to speak life-giving words into someone’s circumstances. It can’t hurt, and it most certainly can help someone gain strength in their life.
SHOW GOD’S LOVE BY LISTENING
It is rare for people to feel truly heard. Commit to slow down, ask questions, and really listen to people. Listen to understand, not just to quickly respond. Allow people to speak their mind without judgment or interruption. People will feel valued when they are heard and understood.
SHOW GOD’S LOVE WITH GENEROSITY
Can you think of a time in your life when someone showed you such generosity that you still think, “Wow, I can’t believe they did that for me?” Maybe it was someone paying for your coffee. Maybe it was a gift card to your favorite place. Perhaps they shared kind words or stood up for you in a difficult time. When we love someone, we give to them. That loving characteristic comes from God! After all, John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave…”
SHOW GOD’S LOVE WITH ACTS OF KINDNESS
Showing kindness means thinking about the other person more than you think about yourself. What are their needs? What would make their lives better? It doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, but it should be thoughtful. Being thoughtful and kind communicates to the other person that you value their needs above your own. It could be as small as giving someone a compliment on their hairstyle or outfit. You may just make their day or even week!
SHOW GOD’S LOVE BY PRAYING FOR OTHERS
So often we tell others “I’ll be praying for you.” But how often do we follow through? One of the easiest ways to show love is to pray with someone right then and there. In any conversation, at any time, simply ask, “Hey, how can I pray for you?” And then pray with them. Show them love and genuinely pray for their needs. Watch how God works through those powerful moments of prayer!
IT’S POSSIBLE TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE TO EVERYONE
God’s Love is for everyone. Your estranged partner? Yep. Does that mean your neighbor who you butt heads with? Yes. Your overbearing boss? Yep. Your unborn baby because of an unplanned pregnancy? Yes, it includes them, too. God loves each of them so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for them, too. Everyone we encounter is someone that God loves, and Jesus died for. Even the difficult and unplanned people who come into our life.
How can you show God’s love to someone today?
First, you need God’s Love in you to give it away.
If you have yet to share a relationship with Jesus and experience the fullness of His love, and if you are ready to receive this free gift, pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I confess my sins and ask for your forgiveness. Please come into my heart as my Lord and Savior. Take complete control of my life and help me to walk in Your footsteps daily by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord, for saving me and for answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Now that you have experienced His love, pick one of the 5 above and ask God who He would have you love on today, and perhaps every day, so that this becomes a habit. Loving others.