“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

This Valentine’s Day, show radical love.

February 14. It’s the international day of romance. It’s supposed to be a time when our true feelings show, when we demonstrate our love to each other.

But the tokens of thoughtfulness we give and receive on Valentine’s Day aren’t really what love is all about. Roses, chocolates, and candlelit dinners are special, but they have nothing on patience, kindness, trust, and perseverance.

It’s a lot easier to buy roses than let go of bitterness.

And it’s much simpler to bake cookies than show respect.

Love — true love — never fails. So let’s be radical today. Let’s show true love.

Dear God, thank You that You are love itself. Thank You that we know how to love because You first loved us. Forgive us for reducing our expression of love to things we can buy. Help us to show true love to each other today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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