Maybe February 14 is a squeal-inducing date on the calendar for you. Gifts are sure to arrive at your doorstep (hopefully in the hands of a sweet guy), and romantic gestures are sure to leave you swooning. Or maybe at just the thought of that particular day an exaggerated eye-roll is triggered across your face or an ache settles in your chest. You know you won’t be the recipient of those romantic gestures; you’d rather skip ahead to February 15.
This “day of love” seems to bring out the extremes on the spectrum.
There’s the over-the-moon-in-love girl who just can’t even imagine a more caring, thoughtful, WONDERFUL man who just walked through the door with flowers, prepped for their special Valentine’s date.
And then there’s the I’m-going-to-be-single-and-alone-forever girl who’s risking permanently straining her eyes from all that disgusted rolling, because her social media feed is filled with rose photo after rose photo after rose photo. (*Tosses phone across the room, eats a pan of brownies.)
I like to be somewhere in the middle. (It’s far less dramatic here.) Valentine’s Day is nice, the cards are pretty, and it’s an excuse for some extra chocolate. But it’s neither an insurer of a romantic lifetime of happiness nor a sign that you’re doomed to dark and single February 14ths for the rest of your days.
It’s simply another day in our week. (Another day that should certainly include chocolate, man in your profile picture or not. I’m a firm believer in this cocoa consumption.)
But Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take a look at love. Our blog archives are filled with wise advice and biblical Truth for romantic relationships. We’re big fans of helping you pursue a relationship in godly ways here. In fact, some of our most popular posts are about guys and dating.
But this week we’re taking a different approach.
Enter the True Love Challenge. For the next six days, join us in studying the love stories of the Bible and discover the greatest love story ever told.
We’re going to open our Bibles and examine relationships in Scripture—and how they point to the best story of all, God’s love for us.
- Tomorrow, we’ll dig into Genesis 2–5 to study Adam and Eve’s story.
- On Wednesday, Isaac and Rebekah are up, and we’ll open to Genesis 24–28.
- On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, we’re taking a look at Jesus and His Bride, the Church, in Ephesians 5:25–27 and Revelation 19.
- On Friday, it’s Jacob and Rachel in Genesis 29–31 and 35.
- Then come back on Monday for Boaz and Ruth in the entire book of Ruth.
- And finally, next Tuesday we’ll open to 1 John 3–4 to see Jesus Christ’s love for you and me.
That’s right. We’re looking far beyond our own earthly dating relationships and dwelling on God’s unchanging, immovable, lavish love for us, found throughout the pages of Scripture!
This challenge is for everyone.
It’s for the single girl wondering if she’ll always spend Valentine’s Day alone.
It’s for the engaged girl who can’t imagine anything more romantic than the date her fiancé planned.
It’s for the girl who just got her heart broken.
It’s for the woman who’s been married for twenty-five years.
Because we all need to be grounded in God’s love—to be enraptured by the jaw-dropping sacrificial love He’s offered us.
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:7–8).
Our relationship status doesn’t define us. The amount of romance in our lives doesn’t truly satisfy us. The gifts we receive (or lack thereof) on Valentine’s Day doesn’t represent how much we are truly worth.
Jesus Christ defines us, satisfies us, and gives us worth.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (1 John 3:1).
Will you join us in studying this radical love this week? Visit the blog each day for a fresh look at the greatest love story ever told!
To celebrate our first-ever blog challenge, we’re giving away a special Valentine’s Day gift box, including:
To enter the giveaway, log into the giveaway widget below and comment, sharing your favorite Valentine’s Day treat. (Mine is Godiva dark chocolate!)
We’ll see you right here on the blog every day for the next six days as we open our Bibles together to see why God’s love is far better than any romantic story we could ever imagine!