During this time of the year, questions like “Is Valentine’s Day for Christians” often pop up. Is it Christ-like? Is St. Valentine’s Day not a fetish or pagan practice? Is it recommendable for Christians to participate?

We are well aware that the concept of Valentine's Day celebration as we know it today is more of a social norm or practice. It is neither a doctrinal or scriptural practice.

Strictly speaking, despite the fact that a lot of emphasis is given to love in the Bible - In the King James Version for instance, love is mentioned 310 times, 131 times in the Old Testament and 179 times in the New Testament.

The NIV and Good News Bible each use 'love' more than 500 times.

This is excluding “loved, loves, loving and other variants of the word.

However, there is nowhere in scripture we are commanded to set aside a day to celebrate love, whether it is romantic love or the usually brotherly love that is espoused in scripture.

"Do everything in love."  1 Corinthians 16:14

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."  1 Corinthians 13:1-3

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves." Romans 12:9-10

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. ‘There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8

"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:2-3

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." ~ 1 Peter 4:8

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