And while it is a celebration of love, somehow the "holiday" often falls flat. The type of love that is glorified in the world is self-serving and cheapens the kind of love celebrated in the Bible.
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After almost 13 years of marriage my husband and I understand that
love isn't an emotion...
it's a choice.
Love is saying, "I want what is best for you, even if I get nothing from it."
Love involves dying to yourself and serving...even when you'd really rather not.
Love is loving even when the person is being un-loveable or unlovely.
Love covers wrongs and helps us to forgive -
even when we don't want to.
The Bible says it best in 1 Corinthians 13.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have (A)prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, (B)so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 (C)If I give away all I have, and (D)if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a]but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 (E)Love is patient and (F)kind; love (G)does not envy or boast; it (H)is not arrogant 5 or rude. It (I)does not insist on its own way; it (J)is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it (K)does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but (L)rejoices with the truth. 7 (M)Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, (N)endures all things.
8 Love never ends.
That is the kind of love that is worth celebrating!