HE loved you first

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The Beacon Bolt is a publication of the student body of Northwest Christian University. Valentine’s Day is usually one of those love-it or hate-it kind of holidays. Those in relationships are fond of celebrating a day of love with their sweetheart, but it can be a lot of pressure and work, especially in a new relationship. Single people can also be very two-sided on the topic, some embracing their singleness and others crying about it. But whether you are in favor of Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day, there is something that we all forget about on Valentine’s Day much too easily. We forget that no matter what our relationship status on Facebook states, we are in a loving and completely committed relationship with Jesus.

In the past I haven’t paid much attention to the concept of Jesus and Valentine’s Day, because for some reason the two never coincided for me. How could they not though? Jesus loves us unconditionally and teaches us how to love one another. John 13:34 explains that we are only mimicking the love and grace we have been shown, “As I have loved you, love one another.” His love is the divine example that we use to love one another, 1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us,” yet He is left out of the commercials, gifts, dinners, dates and conversations that we have on Valentine’s Day.

This Valentine’s Day and always, know that you are loved more than can be expressed by flowers and chocolates. His love is with you every day, not only on the fourteenth of February. So no matter if you’ll be dining out or staying in, or whether you’re with your date or with your friends, you are surrounded by His love. Let’s not leave out the creator of love on the day of love. Happy Valentine’s Day, you are loved!