Valentine's Day is coming up! We love this season, as it presents a reminder to cherish your loved ones and give them the attention they deserve. Of course, the holiday is all about chocolates, flowers, lavish date nights, and love notes, but we'd like to slow things down for a moment and allow you and your sweetheart to spend a quiet morning together with God. Starting off this day with a cup of coffee in hand and a couple's Valentine's Day devotional sounds pretty good to us! While the frills and gifts of this holiday are certainly fun, we're getting to the heart of this holiday, which is taking a moment to check in with your loved one and express gratitude for your life together—and God is absolutely a part of it!
Here is our sweet Valentine's Day devotional for lovebirds to start the day off slow and in step with the Spirit.
An Invitation to the Holy Spirit
To start things off, we encourage you to take a moment and invite the Holy Spirit into your time together. Simply acknowledging its presence is a helpful reminder moving forward. You are never alone. God is with you always. His Spirit guides the two of you as you navigate life together.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We'd like to invite the Holy Spirit into our presence this morning. We know that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Through your Spirit, we have full and complete access to you at any time, and for that we thank you. As we enter into this devotional together, allow the Spirit to open our eyes to what you have for us this morning, God. Allow us to learn from this time with You.
Gratitude to God
God crafted your love story with such intricacy and care, so it's only natural that we would turn to Him to express our thanks. Not only do we recognize what God has done for us in the past, but we acknowledge His hand in our futures. If you keep your eyes on Him, He will lead you and use the two of you to do amazing things for His kingdom.
We'd like to take a moment to express our gratitude to you, Father. You have brought the two of us together and we can't thank you enough for that. We know our marriage isn't perfect, and there are always ways we can be working on things, but we find peace in knowing that you are not done with us yet. You are actively working in us for our betterment, and for your will to be done, too.
Dialing in on Scripture / Colossians 3:14-17
"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ~ Colossians 3:14-17
Wow, there's a lot to unpack in this passage. First of all, this is a popular verse in marriage ceremonies, which is why we wanted to feature it today. It serves as a powerful reminder of the vows you made to each other—whether it was decades ago or just a couple months ago. Secondly, we see the unifying power of God's love here. We know from Scripture that God is love, and it is only through Him that we can reflect that level of care and commitment in our marriage. The foundation of any relationship is God, and that's why it's such an important callout here.
Next, we're told to "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." Throughout Scripture we're assured that Jesus' presence is one of peace. Remember Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." When we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, things change for the better. What used to overwhelm us suddenly doesn't affect us as much. Jesus' peace is a powerful tool in any relationship, but especially in marriage.
We're next told to be thankful. A simple statement, but a noble one at that. God deserves all of our devotion, all of our gratitude, all of the time—as the architect of our lives and the savior of our souls.
This next verse tells us to "admonish one another with all the wisdom through the psalms, hymns, and songs of the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in our hearts." As Christians, we know that our apprenticeship to Jesus is forever a journey. There is no destination point where you suddenly have it all together. Through the power of fellowship, we can instruct, encourage, and remind each other of God's truth as we go about life. This is especially true in marriage. Your spouse should be your number one cheerleader on along your faith journey. This is such a great reminder to actively learn more about Jesus together.
Lastly, we're told to do everything in the name of Lord Jesus. Sounds simple, but this really is a profound statement. How often do we let our own desires cloud our judgment? How often do we disconnect from God and live life as we see fit? It's so easy to put our faith to the side and just live life on autopilot, simply reacting to things throughout the day instead of thoughtfully bringing them to God. Here we're reminded to do everything in His name, to focus on Him every moment. God must be the center of your relationship.
Lord, we thank you for this passage of Scripture pointing us back to you. We pray you would give us eyes to see and ears to hear what has been reminded to us today. May we be full of gratitude, constantly giving thanks to you through word and deed. May we be a couple of deep peace, reflecting your love and character. May we continue to help instruct and encourage one another on this journey of discipleship. May we be our biggest cheerleaders, confidantes, and faith partners. Above all, we lift your name high and trust in you to do a good work in us this season. In your name we pray, Amen.
A Reminder: Simply Blessed
We hope this devotional provides you with some hope and encouragement this Valentine's Day. Starting the day off in prayer is such a fantastic way to reconnect with God and grow as a couple, too. If you're looking for other fun reminders of Scripture, shop our selection of our Christian apparel, with collections featuring some of your favorite verses and imagery.