The date of February 14 is was known, at one time, as St. Hugs Day. However, it became more commonly known in the Anglican community as the Feast of St. Valentine. Historically, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D. It was during this time that there was a war on Christianity and those who were emprisoned for practicing Christianity, were normally executed, as was the case with St. Valentine. During his life, he ministered to help the Christians to escape this persecution, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time. The story of St. Valentine says that he would "remind them [Christians] of God's love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians," Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment, giving them to the soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on Saint Valentine's Day. In today's world, we see it more as a day of buying cards, candies and presents. But to remind all of us the origins of this martyr, who died for his faith to God, the following are 15 Bible verses to help us mark this day, which has its origins in Christianity, rather than a card company and flowers.

  • 1

    1 John 4:19

    "We love because he first loved us. "

  • 2

    Genesis 29:20

    So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her

  • 3

    Colossians 3:14

    And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

  • 4

    1 Corinthians 13:1-13

    If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 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. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  • 5

    Proverbs 30:18-19

    There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.

  • 6

    Song of Solomon 2:16

    My lover is mine, and I am his

  • 7

    Song of Solomon 4:10

    How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

  • 8

    1 Corinthians 13:4–8a

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. Love never fails ...

  • 9

    1 Corinthians 13:13

    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  • 10

    Ephesians 5:25

    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

  • 11

    Ephesians 5:33

    However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband

  • 12

    1 John 3:18

    Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth

  • 13

    Romans 5:5

    And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

  • 14

    1 John 4:7-12

    Dear friends: let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

  • 15

    Galatians 5:22-23

    The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.