Love, beyond flowers and chocolate

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Love delights when others delight in God.
Love is satisfied most when the one you love is satisfied.
Love anticipates God will always care.
Love offers encouragement when none is expected.
Love does not regret the success of others.
Love does not announce one’s own success.
Love takes refuge in humility.
Love seeks the honor of others.
Love is not interested in self-promotion.
Love knows joy before it knows anger.
Love does not keep score.
Love is thrilled when the truth is known.
Love guards others even when it hurts.
Love accepts care from others.
Love is always certain of God’s promises.
Love never caves.

This love is the true standard of Valentine’s Day.

From I Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.