What is Love?
It’s February, we’ve got to talk about love, right? Valentine’s Day has been our constant reminder since the day after Christmas. Retailers won’t let the world forget to tell that special someone they are loved.
Valentine’s Day has been around for a long time. One resource shares that ‘in the 18th-century, England evolved this occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering cookies and candy, and sending greeting cards.’ But the true origin of Valentine’s Day goes back to Saint Valentine of Rome in the 3rd century.
As a bishop, Valentine was imprisoned for ‘performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.’ It was during his imprisonment that Valentine was said to have performed a miracle by ‘restoring the sight to the blind daughter of his judge.’ Before his martyrdom, Valentine wrote the young girl a letter and signed it, ‘Your Valentine,’ as a goodbye.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day I encourage us to ponder the one who loves us unconditionally. The one who through the cross shared, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ Through the gift of Jesus, the Christ, God came among us and saved us from our sins. Because of this gift we have the assurance of eternal life with God. A gift is given through our faith in God and God’s grace alone.
So on this Valentine’s Day, as we celebrate, let’s give thanks to the Lord our God for all that God has done and continues to do in our lives through the Holy Spirit. Let’s also use this Valentine’s Day by expressing our love for others in the same way God loves us- unconditionally. Share the love of God to others in the way you want to be loved. And when we see the Cross of Christ may we look at the cross as God’s way of signing God’s greatest love letter to the world, ‘Your Valentine.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”