Valentine’s Day is the day America celebrates our loved ones. We tend to buy expensive gifts and elaborate cards to show our family and friends how much we love them. But did you know that this tradition started around the year 270 AD? C. in an ancient pagan festival that celebrated fertility on February 15? The name was believed to come from a priest named Valentine who was beheaded on February 14 because he performed illegal marriage ceremonies. And because a signed note addressed to his love was found on the morning of his death, Valentine’s Day was born.

As a married woman, I love receiving gifts of affection from my husband and rack my brain to think of something different each year to show my love for him. I even give my 12 year old little candies and “be mine” note cards to show tokens of love too. This is what we have been conditioned to do. But is this really showing our loved ones what true love is? What are we doing daily to show God’s love between us and our children? Should buying an expensive gift justify our true love for each other? Well, some of us may say, “it’s nice to get gifts, what’s wrong with that?” Nothing, if you really practice and know the true meaning of love, that no gift can replace. And as Christian parents, we need to make sure our kids know how much God loves them, so they don’t grow up looking and trying to fill a void for someone or something that might let them down. Here are 8 ways to teach your child about God’s love through his word:

1) In this we know what love is: Jesus Christ gave his life for us. And we must give our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:15-17

2) The grace, mercy and peace of God the Father and of Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, will be with us in truth and love. 2 John 1:2-4

3) Keep yourselves in the love of God while you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to lead you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-22

4) Jesus replied: “Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 19:18-20

5) Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:36-38

6) Give thanks to the God of gods. His love is forever. Psalm 136:1-3

7) But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly completed in him. That’s how we know we’re in it. 1 John 2:4-6

8) Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:6-8

This Valentine’s Day, let’s teach our children that God’s love is the true meaning of love. And then our “spiritual gifts” will be a little more valuable this year and in the years to come. We owe them so much…

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