February, Month Of Love
Valentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentines's Day, originated as a church holiday on February 14th to honour martyrs of the faith - saints whose names were Valentine or Valentinus. It is believed that the first heart valentine note was sent by a Valentine who was in prison for a girl he loved. Valentines notes have been recorded for as far back as the Middle ages. While the meaning and celebrations of Valentine's Day has changed, it has remained as a special day to shower with love those we hold close.
Valentine's Day can create a variety of emotions for different people. For some it creates great satisfaction celebrating the love you have between you, your spouse, and your friends & family. For others it can cause feelings of loneliness. Whether you are single or in a relationship, let these Bible verses encourage you to celebrate, for God has unconditional and indescribable love for us. No matter your age or stage in life, Valentine's Day can be celebrated because of God's great love.
1 John 4:7-8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Mark 12:33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.
The number of times that Love is mentioned in the Bible depends on the version of the Bible. In the King James Version (KJV), Love is mentioned 310 times, 131 times in the Old Testament and 179 times in the New Testament.
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