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    Jesus, the Greatest Valentine

    I can’t believe it’s February! Wow, time does truly go by fast. The beautiful love and day of hearts and candy is approaching. You all know what I’m talking about: the international chocolate day and excuse to eat any type of sugar you desire. Kidding! I mean the famous Hallmark holiday of Saint Valentine’s Day. Hey, there’s no shame in enjoying your favorite sweet treat a couple times a year. I believe in spreading love not just on this holiday but every day because as Christians we are called to love above all else (Matthew 22:37-40).

    Something I want to address, which largely stems from being online, is that people can caught up in the Hallmark holiday of Valentine’s Day, and for the singles out there it can be tough. Social media comparison is a problem in our generation, so I wanted to write some inspiring words of affirmation to you readers, as well as remind you of what real love is. Also, I have some scriptures for you to meditate on and to think about.

    This year, if you don’t have a Valentine, don’t worry! “Galentine’s Day” is here to save the day, as it is trending for some reason. (I had never heard of it, but it is a fantastic idea!) What is “Galentine’s Day”? Basically it encourages you to celebrate your favorite gal pal. I love this idea and love celebrating love and friendship of course! Some of you single ladies may definitely feel the sting of singleness around this time (I feel ya), but then again, I think of my first love and I remember Jesus. Our Lord is the greatest love of all and is our true friend, eternal husband and God is our Heavenly Father. Even if you have a Valentine, remember your creator and that He is ultimately #1.

     

    For your Maker is your husband—the LORD Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. (Isaiah 54:5)

     

    When man fails us and disappointment strikes at our hearts again, we can look up and worship the one who will never leave or forsake us. Remember, PI Girls, boyfriends come and go and even marriage is temporal on earth, as we will not be married in heaven. We need to not compare ourselves to those around us or on social media. We are all guilty of this, but it seems like a never-ending competition or brag war online.

     

    Even though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. (Psalm 27:10)

     

    To be honest, social media can be very inspiring, but at times can make your stomach hurt with all the self-indulgence or comparison. I really feel the verse in 2 Timothy 3 is ringing true in our day:

     

    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be LOVERS OF THEMSELVES, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, “without love,” unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than LOVERS OF GOD—having a form of godliness (or spirituality) but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-6)

     

    We can change the culture and be the example by not being selfish and lovers of pleasure, but rather be selfless and seek to serve one another and God’s Kingdom first. Let us not forget to love one another (in truth, which doesn’t mean not holding one another accountable) and to hold onto the truth. Love isn’t ignoring sin; it’s being real with one another and caring for others’ well being and their souls. I encourage you to stay in the Word, in prayer, worship and in community. I encourage you to do something for someone else this week and get your eyes off “you” and love someone sacrificially.

    Remember that our identity is not in whether we have a guy we’re dating, a Valentine, a husband or how much money we make, but our identity is in being a daughter of the Most High God and He sent Jesus to pay the highest price for you to have a relationship with Him. Sin separates us from the close intimacy the Father desires to have with us, so He sent His son to redeem that loss with the cross. The love of the Father was displayed through the Son, and there is no greater love.

     

    Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

     

    PI Girls, I encourage you to think on your eternal, heavenly relationship with God and seek to bless others this Valentine’s season. Let us not forget to love one another daily, to be selfless and to be generous. I pray God’s never-ending love fills you with the power of the Holy Spirit and that you do not feel alone or forgotten. When all else fails, God remains and the love of the Lord is everlasting. I speak truth, peace and joy over you!

    PI Girls, do you have a prayer request? Comment below! We love you girls!!

    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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