If you want to encourage a friend this Valentine's Day, but you're not sure where to start, how about getting some inspiration from the God of Love Himself?
The Bible is full of verses packed with encouragement, and turning to the Living God will lift the writer’s block that can come from opening a greetings card! (Or am I the only one who goes blank the minute she picks up a pen to start writing?)
Here are 12 verses to encourage a friend on Valentine's Day - all themed around love. Some focus on God’s love for us (is there anything more encouraging than being reminded of how much our heavenly Father loves us?), while others focus on our love for each other (but nothing too mushy, we promise!).
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help.
We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them.
What marvellous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it - we're called children of God! That's who we really are.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
And mark that you do this with humility and discipline - not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
We hope you've enjoyed our round up of Bible verses to encourage your friends this Valentine's Day!
Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!