Happy Valentine’s Day!
I like to dig in and find out some factual information regarding people of the past whose days or accomplishments are celebrated. Not a whole lot of information about Valentine, although there is one prominent story that pops up that cannot really be verified, but which would be great if it were really true.
Find it here . The Catholic Encyclopedia, which I generally find to be a great source of such things, says nothing about the folklore of Valentine secretly marrying people in violation of the law but they have their own theory of why February 14 is observed as a day to celebrate love. This, from another Roman Catholic site gives some interesting details as well.
Setting aside a day to celebrate the love you have for others near and dear to you is a great idea. God made us with a desire to celebrate important events whether they be happy or tragic. Passover, Tabernacles, First Fruits and other festivals were all commanded by God. Celebrating love is a great thing. Just let us be completely absent of any hypocrisy in its celebration. To express love but one day of the year is a testimony of great lovelessness. May your Valentine’s day be a real joyous thing for you because you know there are people who love you every day of the year, no matter what.
And dear Christian, let us show the world that we are truly disciples of Jesus Christ, by loving one another. And may that love have all the marks of what the Bible tells us and shows us, real love has.
I Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Philippians 2:2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
And may we always bask in the truth that any love we are able to express and demonstrate is a response to the unsurpassable love of God for us.
Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Well, quoting a few verses hardly does justice to the love of God for us. Who can plumb such a thing? And if it truly grabs us the way it ought we will be a people who are grateful to God for His great love, obedient to God because of His love for us, and consciously demonstrating love to our fellow believers, non-believers and enemies. There is no greater thing that we can do than this – love God and love our neighbours. may this Valentine’s day be a real beginning for you to do better at these two greatest commandments than you have ever done before.
And now – because I am an old guys from the sixties, and actually can remember some of them, I leave you with this. Have a great weekend. Worship with some other believers this Sunday.
But we cannot end on a secular note can we? Let’s leave with this: