In today’s scripture reading, 1 Corinthians 13:6-7, we learn about the love and the nature of God.
In our Matthew Commentary reading for today, Some of the effects of charity are stated, that we may know whether we have this grace; and that if we have not, we may not rest till we have it. This love is a clear proof of regeneration, and is a touchstone of our professed faith in Christ. In this beautiful description of the nature and effects of love, it is meant to show the Corinthians that their conduct had, in many respects, been a contrast to it. Charity is an utter enemy to selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honour, or profit, or pleasure. Charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. Matthew Commentary (1 Corinthians 13:6-7).
Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest holiday seasons of the year. We look forward to receiving flowers and candy from our loved ones and or significant others. God’s love for mankind is the ultimate expression of love and sacrifice.
Sometimes it is not easy to love others unconditionally, but God reminds us that love is not selfish, proud or boastful; it always protects, always hopes, always trusts and always perseveres. It is important for us to learn to practice loving others unconditionally not only because it is a commandment, but in our obedience we will truly understand the love that we deserve from others. We will be less likely to settle for less than what our heavenly Father so freely came to give.