All we need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. (Lucy Van Pelt, “Peanuts” cartoon character.)

We all know that sweets aren’t really a substitute for love. The popular song told us that “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” So, on this Valentine’s Day, it would be good to know what love is. Lasting, God-given love is more than just romantic affection. It wants only the best benefit for the loved one.

Love . . . does not demand its own way. . . . never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. . . . Love will last forever. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)