As we approach Valentine’s Day I would like to recommend the First Letter of John in the New Testament as a good resource. The writer provides some powerful insights into the true nature of love.
John talks about what love looks like and how it acts. He talks about true love, and what love is and isn’t. He talks about loving God and loving one another, and how there cannot be one without the other.
John gives us clear instructions on loving one another and why. He even tells us how to love, which the great bard, himself, picked up on and used in The Two Gentlemen of Verona when he penned “They do not love that do not show their love.”
I am pretty sure that is Shakespeare’s paraphrase of I John 3:18, where John tells us, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
I only wish that Shakespeare would have included the 17th verse as well, which is what verse 18 refers to. The two verses need to be read together.
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth.
Valentine’s Day fast approaches, and the writer of First John is a good resource to help us celebrate the day appropriately, even if he doesn’t mention candy, roses or sentimental greeting cards.