Valentine’s Day is February 14th, but who says showing love to others is limited to just that day? All throughout the Bible, God shows us what it really means to love one another. Using His example, we can find countless practical ways to love others.
If you’re looking to show the love of Jesus to someone in your life, try these easy ideas to show love to others!
14 Ways to Love Others
- Start your husband’s car several minutes before he needs to leave. Scrape off the windshield, and leave a mug of hot coffee or a bottled water in the cup holder for him.
- Throw your family’s towels in the dryer while they are bathing so they are nice and toasty when they get out.
- Take your neighbor’s trash cans back up to their home.
- Have you thanked your children’s Sunday school teachers lately? Write a quick note or send a small gift thanking them for their sacrifice.
- Buy extra boxes of valentines (both boy and girl or gender-neutral) and give them to your child’s teacher the week before Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, there are students whose parents forget or neglect to buy them, and the kids feel left out.
- When ordering in a restaurant, look your waiter or waitress in the eye and thank them by name. Tip well.
- Compliment or encourage the young, harried mom in the grocery store with something positive you observed.
- Have the kids greet their daddy at the door like he’s king of the castle. Take his briefcase, hand him a mug of hot chocolate and his slippers, and give him a big welcome home kiss.
- Show your appreciation to the support staff (administrative assistants, school nurse, custodians, bus drivers, cooks, etc.) at your children’s school with a homemade coffee cake or buy several dozen donuts. Make a thank-you card with your children’s photos to put beside the treat.
- Leave sticky notes (or candy hearts) with sweet messages around the house for your family to find.
- Cook dinner for a young family. Let the mom know the night before that she doesn’t need to worry about dinner the next day, or make a meal that can be frozen if she already has her meal planned.
- Write a message on the bathroom mirror with a bar of soap to get your hubby or kids’ days started on a positive note.
- Find someone without a sweetheart (single mom, widow or widower, single adult) and invite them for a Valentine’s dinner.
- February 14 is also National Organ Donor Day. Make sure your driver’s license is signed to be an organ donor to help save a life.
Want to show your kids how to help spread the love as well? Be sure to check out 5 Ways to Teach Our Children to Love Others!
How to Love One Another Bible Verses
When we make the decision to show love and do acts of kindness for others, it’s a way for us to share God’s love with the world! Here are a few Bible verses to inspire you to practice loving others throughout the year.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor 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.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18 (ESV)
Which of these ways to show love to others is your favorite? What else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
Julia DesCarpentrie is passionate about orphan care, adoption and fostering. She has been blessed to live out God’s call on her life in those areas through her work with The CALL (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime), a foster care church initiative encouraging more Christian families to foster children in need. Julia has been an advocate for the fatherless for 10 years, as both a volunteer and also serving with Hope for Orphans before her work with The CALL. She is also an active volunteer in the community and has served on several community boards. She continues to minister to other mothers and foster/adoptive families through writing and speaking with MomLife Today. Julia is the mom of five children entrusted to her care through birth, adoption and fostering. She and Branden have been married for 16 years.