Today is Valentine's Day — the annual celebration of love. Every Feb. 14 couples across the country exchange heart-shaped candy, flowers and teddy bears to demonstrate their affection for one another. This year alone, Americans are expected to spend $19.7 billion on Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation.
Commercial aspects aside, Valentine's Day is also an opportunity to remember that our love for our spouse or family is modeled after God's love for us. In fact, the Bible tells us that "God is love," meaning love is one of God's primary characteristics, and "We love Him, because He first loved us." Because we are created in God's image, He has given us the ability to selflessly love one another.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 sums up God's love for us and tells us how we are to treat one another: "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. Love never fails."
We've compiled a list of 10 Bible verses that explain the true meaning of Christ-like love. Feel free to use these verses in a Valentine's Day card, gift, or love letter to show your significant other how you feel while pointing them back to the author of love Himself.