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"My beloved is mine, and I am his..."
Song of Solomon 2:16
On Valentine's day, celebrate the deepest love possible!
On Valentine's day, celebrate the deepest love possible!
For hundreds of years, people all over the world have celebrated Valentine's Day. This day brings to our mind images of hearts, greeting cards, flowers, and candy. Many think, "Oh! Another commercial holiday for companies like the greeting-card companies to make money." Indeed, they do. Reports tell us that men (15%) and women (85%) send Valentine's cards. According to statistics, around 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are sent every year in the United States. That makes Valentine's Day the second most popular day for sending cards, after Christmas, which has over 2 billion cards sent each year.
Valentine's Day is a pagan holiday, but it is an opportunity for Christians to focus on what love is all about. We must remember that to live without love is not to live at all!
• Some people celebrate Valentine's Day without knowing about the man whose life the holiday honors. Historians give us many stories about Valentine, but the common one is that he was a young minister who lived in Rome in the third century. Emperor Claudius II was in power at that time, and he recognized that the single men made better soldiers than the ones with wives and families. Because of that, he banned young people from marrying. Valentine disobeyed the Emperor's order and from compassion for couples in love, continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. He also continued to preach the gospel. Finally, Valentine was arrested and put into prison where he fell in love with the jailer's daughter who he intended to marry. Valentine started to write the most beautiful and passionate love letters and assured her of his great love for her. On the date set for his execution, he sent the last epistle to his sweetheart, which he signed: "From Your Valentine." On February 14, 269, young Valentine was put to death, martyred for Jesus Christ. Ever since, people everywhere have been moved by the kindness, the compassion, and the devoted love of this heroic young man, not only to the young lady, but to the Lord.
• One story tells us about an old man who got on a bus on February 14th, carrying a dozen roses. He sat beside a young man. The young man looked at the roses and said, "Somebody's going to get a beautiful Valentine's Day gift." "Yes," said the old man. A few minutes went by, and the old man noticed that his young companion was staring at the roses. "Do you have a girlfriend?" the old man asked. "I do," said the young man. "I'm going to see her right now, and I'm going to give her this Valentine's Day card." They rode in silence for another 10 minutes, and then the old man got up to get off the bus. As he stepped out into the aisle, he suddenly placed the roses on the young man's lap and said, "I think my wife would want you to have these. I'll tell her that I gave them to you." He left the bus quickly. As the bus pulled away, the young man turned to see the old man enter the gates of a cemetery. — By Preaching Point
Valentine has inspired us to express our feelings for our loved ones by putting them in writing for our own "valentines." The most remarkable expression of Valentine's love was his action to obey God and serve his fellow man, which cost him his life. Valentine's Day is a celebration of the deepest love possible. Not only between a man and a woman or between a person and God, but between God and man. Jesus Christ gave His life so you and I can know His passionate love. On February 14, we have an opportunity to show what real "agape" love is (1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:8) and think about God who gave His all for the sake of love. What will you say when Jesus says, "I love you. You are mine. Your name is written upon My heart. Your life is in My hands. I am always with you 'even unto the end of the world...', 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.' I gave My life for you that you might live forever with Me. The only thing I ask you in return is your love. Be My Valentine!"
The question for all of us is, "How will we be celebrating Valentine's Day?" For the early church, this was not a time of erotic longings, but it was a celebration of God's love. In this time, when biblical standards of love are under attack, God's standards are something to fight for...even to die for!
by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness"
- Jeremiah 31:3
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends"
- John 15:13
"God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died
for us" - Romans 5:8
"The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice."
— Writer, Caroline Fry
I love you.
You are mine.
Your name is written upon My heart.
Your prayers are precious to Me.
Your life is in My hands.
I am always with you.
I am nearer to you than your own heart.
I gave My life so that you might live forever with Me.
All I ask in return is your love. Be My Valentine.
~ Jesus Christ
"You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you." (Isaiah 43:4)
JESUS is to be first in our lives – HE is always our first love!
What Valentine Can I Give Him?
What can I give to Jesus
On this special Valentine's Day?
How can I tell Him I'll love Him,
And follow Him, come what may?
How can I show I need Him?
Should I send a red heart, with lace?
How can I thank Him enough
For his sacrifice, love and grace?
What Valentine can I give Him,
My adoration to impart?
I’ll give to Him what He wants most;
I’ll yield to Him my heart.
-By Joanna Fuchs
"Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church."-Ephesians 5:25
"Let us not love with word and tongue but with actions and truth."-1 John 3:18
"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God....Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church." -Ephesians 5:21, 25
"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails."-1 Corinthians 13:6-8
"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it..."-Song of Songs 8:7
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us,because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."
-1 John 4:7-9
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -John 3:16
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends"-John 15:13
"God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" -Romans 5:8
"Love is essential the gift of oneself to another"
"Living without loving is merely existing."
-Dr. George Sweeting
"Let us not love with word and tongue but with actions and truth."
-1 John 3:18
"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God....Husbands love your wives
as Christ loved the church."
-Ephesians 5:21, 25
"Marriages may be made in heaven, but man is responsible for the maintenance work."
- Changing Times
"To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong admit it;
Whenever you're right shut up."
Love is a verb. Be sure to share it today!
"May this Valentine's Day be filled with love, understanding, and contentment as you journey
through life with those you hold dear"
One Little Rose
I would rather have a little rose from the garden of a friend,
than to have the choicest flowers when my stay on earth must end.
I would rather have a pleasant word in kindness said to me,
than when my heart is still and life has ceased to be.
I would rather have a loving smile from friends I know are true,
than tears shed 'round my casket when this world I've bid adieu.
Bring me all your flowers today, whether pink or white, or red;
I'd rather have one blossom now, than a truckload when I'm dead.
~ Author Unknown
Valentine's Day is a pagan holiday,
but it is an opportunity for Christians to focus on what real "agape" love is all about.
Dear Friend, are you yearning for greener pastures?
Do you think that a new home or job will make your marriage better?
Don't be fooled.
Circumstances don't bring happiness;
Commitment does. True love lasts.
Take some time today
and let your partner know that you love him or her.
HYMNS and SONGS (MUSIC CLIPS)
A Good Marriage Is A Daily Valentine!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's Day!