There are only two camps: either you love Valentine's Day, or you truly hate it. In-between usually doesn't exist on this one. But what does the Bible have to say about Valentine's Day? Absolutely nothing, as Valentine's Day, is a completely man-made holiday. However, there are some beautiful Bible verses about Valentine's Day that we can use to reflect and ponder this season that focuses so much on love. After all, isn't the Bible sometimes referred to as God's love letter?
Surely there are Bible verses about Valentine's Day or at least some verses we can use to ponder the season.
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Remember when I said there are only two camps? You either love or hate Valentine's Day. Can I confess which group I belong to? I generally hate it. I didn't like it when I was single. I didn't like it when I was dating. Even now as a married woman, it's still not my favorite day to celebrate.
There was one Valentine's Day that I enjoyed thoroughly when I was single. I was living the apartment life with three other ladies and one of my roommates and myself didn't have to work on Valentine's Day evening. We went to Target, bought bucket loads of fruit, dressed up in dorky Valentine's Day costumes, and watched our favorite TV show Psych until our other roommate ventured home. Then we ran out and yelled 'boo' when she opened the apartment door.
We were wacky 20-some-year-olds.
Yet there is still something alluring in the culture that propels us whether we are single or not to celebrate this strange holiday. We buy gifts, chocolates, and take our loved ones out to special dinners, all in the name of love.
When Did Valentine's Day Start?
The roots of the Valentine's Day celebration are thought to stem from Roman festivals called Lupercalia and the first celebration was recorded in the year 496. Others trace the beginning of Valentine's Day to the Saints of the church who were martyred for their faith.
One popular Christian martyr who was named Valentine was martyred around 270 by Claudius II Gothicus. Another legend stems from S. Valentine disobeying his emperor's orders and marrying couples in secret, which would make sense because the holiday is rooted in love.
It is said that formal Valentine Day cards began to appear by the 1500s and by the mid-1800s commercially printed cards were widespread practice.
What Does the Bible Say about Valentine's Day?
As we have stated above there are technically no Bible verses about Valentine's Day. Yet there are many Bible verses that speak to love, and as that is the main theme of Valentine's Day, so although the Bible does not speak to the holiday itself, it does speak about the general theme of the celebration.
Is it Biblical to Celebrate Valentine's Day?
As with most holidays, there are pagan and religious roots to the celebration. Some Christians shy away from the holiday because of its roots in Lupercalia, which was certainly not a godly celebration. Others view it as too commercialized, which can be said of pretty much every holiday we celebrate.
In 2019 alone, people in America spent roughly 20.7 billion dollars on Valentine's Day. Every holiday in the US seems to be a spendy holiday. It is estimated, according to the National Retail Federation, that consumers spend an average of $997.73 on Christmas gifts and other holiday items every day (source).
Is Christmas Biblical to celebrate? Is Valentines Biblical to celebrate? Each believer has to take into consideration the roots of the holiday and the commercialization of the season and come to their own conclusions.
One thing is certain, the Bible does not speak to these holidays specifically, but we are extorted many times to use our discernment to weigh the things of the world.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,Philippians 1:9-10 ESV
What is the True Meaning of Valentine's Day?
There are certainly dark origins of Valentine's Day. If historians are to be believed the celebration of Lupercalia was violent, bloody, and sexually charged. It was not reminiscent of what our modern Valentine's Day includes. There are also more rebellious and epic origin stories of Valentine's Day including the legend of Saint Valentine marrying couples against the emperor's wishes.
So, what is the true meaning of Valentine's Day? Historically the true meaning is muddy at best. However, our modern celebration is rooted in the concept of true love, and even that definition is open to personal and political debate.
It is better to turn to the Bible for a true definition of love, than either history of our current politics.
Bible Verses about Valentine's Day
Are there Bible verses about Valentine's Day? No, most certainly not. But there are Bible verses about love, romance, marriage, and singleness. All themes of our modern Valentine's Day celebration. If you are looking for Bible verses about self-image or self-love, you can find that article here.
Bible Verses about Love
These Bible verses about Valentine's Day are rooted in the concept of 'love'. They specifically talk about the true love of God and Jesus. You will also find that they encourage and inspire believers to love others.
So faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.1 John 4:8 ESV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 ESV
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?1 John 3:16-17 ESV
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.Colossians 3:14 ESV
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.Romans 12:9 ESV
Romantic Bible Verses
Need to write a card to a spouse or loved one? Grab these romantic Bible verses! Some of them may seem a little corny and a little spicy! What could be better for Valentine's Day!
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.Genesis 29:20 ESV
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine;Son of Solomon 1:2 ESV
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Bible Verses for Marriage
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which your toil under the sun.Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.Proverbs 31:10 ESV
My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.Song of Solomon 2:16 ESV
Scarcely had I passed them when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.Song of Solomon 3:4 ESV
You have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.Song of Solomon 4:9 ESV
Bible Verses for Singleness
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4 ESV
And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.Mark 12:33 ESV
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.Provers 31:30 ESV
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnershp has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness.2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!Psalm 119:9-10
The Best Bible Verses About Valentine's Day
How can you use these Bible verses about Valentine's Day? Here are a few ideas.
- Use them in your Valentine Day cards or gifts.
- Do an advent calendar tradition with your kids where you read a card each day leading up to Valentine's Day.
- Print them and place them randomly around public places (in reason of course).
- Use them as memorization cards.
Don't forget, if you would like to download the printable Bible verses about Valentine's Day cards in an easy PDF format, you can do so through this link!