Valentine’s Day is upon us, which means we are once again at the mercy of Hallmark and See’s Candies to dictate the true meaning of love. Check out these scriptures that will help you remember what this day (and every day) should really be about.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (TPT)
4 Love is large and incredibly patient.[f] Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous[g] when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. 5 Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated[h] or quick to take offense.[i] 6 Love joyfully celebrates honesty[j] and finds no delight in what is wrong.[k] 7 Love is a safe place of shelter,[l] for it never stops believing the best for others.[m] Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. 8 Love never stops loving.

Mark 12:33 (TPT)
And there is something more important to God than all the sacrifices and burnt offerings: it’s the commandment to constantly love God with every passion of your heart, with your every thought, and with all your strength—and to love your neighbor in the same way as you love yourself.”

Romans 12:9 (TLB)
Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.

1 John 3:16 (ERV)
This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters.

1 Peter 4:8 (Voice)
Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults.

John 15:12-13 (MSG)
I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.

1 John 4:19 (NIV)
We love because he first loved us.

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