Writing Prompts: Love

Love, Part 1: How Far Would You Go?

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Image: Allison Carmichael

Although we celebrate Valentine’s Day as homage to our romantic relationships, St. Valentine was actually jailed, beaten and finally beheaded because he refused to renounce his faith.

1 Corinthians 16:13 tells us, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” Standing firm in your faith is a demonstration of your love for God.

Writing Prompt

How far would you go to protect your faith?


Love, Part 2: Do You Wear Love on Your Sleeve?

To celebrate love during the Middle Ages, young men and women selected names from a bowl to wear on their sleeves for one week. Today, “wearing your heart on your sleeve” means that it is easy for other people to know your feelings.

Deuteronomy 6:8-9 tells us to wear our love for God on our sleeves: “Tie (these commands) to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (NLT).

Writing Prompt

In what ways do you wear your love for God on your sleeve? In what ways do you hesitate to let the world know about your love for God?


Love, Part 3: What Do You Value In Your Friends?

In Finland, Valentine’s Day is known as “Friend’s Day” – a day to celebrate the love of friends.

God created us to be in relationship. We need others for strength, guidance, acceptance and fun. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Writing Prompt

Write a description one of your friends and why you value that relationship.


Love, Part 4: The Love Model

Loving marriage relationships are important to God. In fact, marriage can be a living laboratory in which you and your spouse learn how to offer one another God’s love – given freely and sacrificially. You have the opportunity to value your spouse in the way that God values His church. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25, ESV). Marriage can be a model for God’s love.

Writing Prompt

In what ways you do show your love to your spouse? How can you cultivate a more Christ-like love in your marriage?