We love each other because He first loved us. – I John 4:19
But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about us. If we are as intentional about loving Him as we are about loving each other, the whole day can still bring glory to the Creator.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. – James 1:17
4 Ways to Honor God On Valentine’s Day
Make a list of the ways He has shown His love for you.
The book An I Love You Prayer is a perfect starter for this activity, whether you do it by yourself or with your kids. Go broad. See God’s love for you through the birds singing outside your window or the kitty purring in your bed. See His love through the little arms hugging your neck and the heat in your home on a cold morning. Doing this with your kids would be especially sweet (at least it would be for me) because you could learn the good and perfect things they see in the world. You could simply make lists on notebook paper. Or you could make hearts and hang them on a piece of poster board. Or each member of your family could write their list on a separate piece of colored paper or on a large paper or poster with a different color marker (think pinks, purples, reds, and silver).
Do good in the world.
This is my very favorite Bible verse:
Never walk away from someone who needs help; for you may be the hand of God to that person. –Proverbs 3:27 (from The Message)
Be His hands and share His love with someone else.
Read God’s Love for You Storybook together.
Better yet, copy passages from it and tuck them into places where strangers will find them. In my church, the youth group goes on ATLs. That’s short for Ask the Lord. They begin by praying together. Then they get into a car and drive wherever they feel led. They stop wherever they feel led to stop, and they do something. Sometimes, they knock on a door and ask to pray with someone. Sometimes, they help people do a task. I’ve even heard of them stopping strangers on the street and asking if they can pray with them. Do your own mini ATL by asking the Lord where you should leave your little love notes. Maybe one should go in between two boxes on a grocery store shelf. In the cover of a magazine in a waiting room. On a public bulletin board. Let Him lead you to leave blessings for someone to find by divine appointment. (Can’t get the book in time? Copy Bible verses on notecards and do the same thing.)
Love each other.
Love is a verb. Love your loved ones. Call your parents and in-laws. Go out of your way to serve your children and celebrate them today. Do something special for your spouse. You don’t have to go all out as I do, but let your family see the love of Jesus reflected through you.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. –John 13:34