To Self

The Order to Love

Key Takeaway: Even with no S.O., you can spend Valentine’s Day as a day of love for anyone and everyone, be it family, friends, less fortunate brothers and sisters, or even strangers. After all, since when has love been all romantic?


Today, we celebrate the day of love across the world. Sure, if you’re in a relationship or married, you would be looking forward to making this a very special day for the two of you, and I am sure you will be successful in those efforts.¬†*cue “Thinking Out Loud”* – I just love this song so much; it’s the ultimate¬†kilig (hoity-toity) current song, if not a little overplayed (for that same reason).

But for those people¬†like me who are not fortunate enough to have met their Earthly Angel (not yet, at least), we don’t have to¬†observe Single Awareness Day – for that is a sad day indeed, as evidenced by its acronym. If God Himself is Love, then since when has love got to be just romantic? After all, Jesus said to “love¬†your neighbor as you love yourself” (Mt. 22:39b) – the second great commandment, the first being to love God with the whole heart and soul. Romantic love isn’t even hinted at here – this love is filial, brotherly, and spiritual.

So if you don’t have a sweetheart to shower your love with today¬†– or even if you do! –¬†don’t limit it to them. Valentine’s Day is all about our relationships with others – the very foundation of our Christian faith. Whether it be a family member, a beloved friend, a less fortunate brother or sister, or even a stranger, show them that you love them and that you care.

For example, you may want to give your mom an extra warm hug and kiss. You may want to spend the morning bonding with your best friend (if neither of you are “busy”), or give them a gift they have always wanted. You may want to help a housekeeper with chores, or spend more time in outreach. You could even help an elderly stranger who has difficulty walking!

The point is,¬†show your love¬†in the best way you can. It doesn’t have to be affectionate or gift-oriented. Use whatever¬†skills and strengths God – He who is Love – lovingly gave you, to glorify His sacred nature in the way you treat others. Nurture and build your relationships with one another in His name.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Copyright 2015 Allister Roy S. Chua

Copyright 2015 Allister Roy S. Chua

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