February 5, 2015

2 Unique Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day


Unique Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day


It doesn't matter if you are single, dating, or married, any of us can celebrate Valentine's Day with a new twist. We can make it worth more than the manufactured  gifts, expensive diamonds, or a scheduled night of romance. Instead of caving into the superficial side of this so called day of love, we can choose to make an impact in other people's lives. 

Here are some great ways that we can share love:

1. Serve Others
Even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference in a person's life. No matter if it be an elderly neighbor, a single parent, a homeless person, a depressed friend, or just someone who you feel could use a pick me up... everyone has a need to feel loved. Maybe take time to start up a conversation, cook someone a meal, or offer assistance. There are so many opportunities out there if we just take the time to look around. So, let God use you, guide you, and fill you with the ability to reach out to someone in need.

Acts 20:35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

2 Timothy 2:3
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Ephesians 5:2
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Galatians 6:10
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.


2. Love Your Enemies
Could I really be suggesting that we should show love to our enemies on Valentine's Day? Yup, that's exactly what I am about to encourage you to do. Spend some time praying for them and asking God to soften your heart towards the situation. This also means forgiving them too. By releasing the hate, hostility, and anger, we free up more room in our hearts for love and peace. As the saying goes, give it to God and let it go! He's got your back and will always protect you. 

Matthew 5:43-45
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Luke 6:35-36
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Romans 12:17-21
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.