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On Valentine’s Day, show love like God

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Putting down Valentine’s Day is common these days. People say things like, “Oh, it’s just another occasion when the Hallmark-card people want us to spend money on their expensive cards” or “I shouldn’t need to take the time and money to do something special for someone I love on that particular day. That person knows I love them. Why make a big deal out of it?”

Well, yes, every day should be a day for us to show love. But I like Valentine’s Day because many of us don’t show our love the way we should during the year. In fact, we often take loved ones for granted. And at least for one day a year, we feel obligated to do something for somebody to show him or her we care.

I send Valentine’s Day cards. Yes, they cost a bit of money, but frugal me buys them in bulk or at the Dollar Tree. I especially like to send them to my single friends who don’t have anyone close to them. Cards are a hands-on way of saying, “Somebody loves you.”

Maybe you don’t care for such cards, though. Maybe you want something different. Dr. Gary Chapman says that people feel loved most in one of five different ways: spending time with them, touching them, giving them gifts, helping them with something or giving them compliments and praise. He says it’s important for us to find out what works best for the ones we love.

What are some ways God shows that He loves us? He gave us a gift: “For God so loved (us) that He gave His only begotten son…,” John 3:16 says. He’s always with us. He, through other people, touches us. He helps us by giving us wisdom and support when we ask for it through prayer. And He compliments us by accepting us as part of His family, treating us as sons and daughters.

“God is love,” 1 John 4:8 says. What a wonderful thought. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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