How Should Christians Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

We celebrate Jesus' birth on Christmas, and on Easter, his resurrection. At first glance, Valentine's Day doesn't seem like the most faithful holiday on our calendar. And the ways we celebrate it (like chocolates and fancy candlelit dinners) aren't always so … devout.

But the truth is, Valentine's Day is another chance to welcome God's love into our lives. Celebrating our loves here on earth isn't separate from celebrating Him—in fact, the Bible tells us they are inseparable, because our love for each other is a gift from God.

Love for your Partner: Romantic love is a gift from God

In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us: "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." This shows us that love is part of our world because God loves us—we couldn't have love without God. This means all kinds of love (yes, even romantic love) are sacred, because they are reflections of God's love for us. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us that to love truly is sacred. While romance can be an exciting flash of joy, the ultimate way God wants us to love is through mutual understanding and respect. Real love means caring for each other over a lifetime together.

The Bible tells us that not only is love divine, but it must be devoted and reliable. True love treats the beloved as a high priority, as Romans 12:10 says, "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

  • This Bible Verse Pillow embroidered with 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 reminds you of the fundamental nature of love every day. Place it anywhere you need a gentle reminder of God's love.
  • This Wooden Cross Light casts a reassuring glow across your home. You and your partner are reminded that God is always around by turning it on. Build a cozy, comforting home together.

Self-Love: God’s love for you, and your love for yourself

If you're celebrating Valentine's Day on your own this year, God has another message for you. Romantic love (or the absence thereof) does not determine one's self-worth.

  • Give yourself the gift of the Abide Bracelet. It reminds you that Jesus is always there for you—you just have to feel his love. After all, in John 15:9, He tells us, "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love." Part of self-love is accepting yourself as who you are.
  • When you question yourself, take a look at this Pink Bible Verse Pillow embroidered with Matthew 6:25-34 and remember that there's nothing to worry about because God loves you as who you are: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?"
This Valentine's Day, even if you don't have anyone to spend time with, remember 1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Love for God: Love Him by loving each other

The purest expression of our love for God is to show love to those around us. John 13:34-35 tells us that our love for each other comes from the strength of our faith:
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.

  • Ephesians 3:17–19 tells us that when we are "rooted and grounded in love" we understand God's love and can truly "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge." This Valentine's Day, remind yourself and your loved ones of the glory of His love with these Stickers.
  • This navy blue Bible Pillow embroidered with Psalm 23-24 tells us how God cares for us. Hold them close to remember the love that connects you to Him. Our Shepherd, our Lord, isn't far away from us. He guides us and encourages us, caring for us according to our needs every moment.
Love for Your Community: Loving your friends and families

Friends and family can strengthen us in love, faith, and virtue. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

  • With this Prayer Box, you will give them a present to make their dreams come true. Engraved with the words "Wait," "Pray," and "Trust," this prayer box is crafted to remind your loved ones that God answers the prayers of the faithful. As Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
Ephesians 4:32 gives us more instructions on how to love in a way that shows the glory of God and Christ: "Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Being kind to each other is how we best express our devotion and love for God.

Always remember to “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”--Psalm 106:1

Love is the best thing in this world, and God blessed our hearts by making them come together in love. That’s how we’re celebrating this Valentine’s Day at Fete.