Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays. Actually it is right behind Christmas. It is a day that we Celebrate our love for one another, and God's love for us. Craig and I were married on Valentine's Day so we Celebrate our becoming a blended family on that day too. In our house Love has always been very special, and always will be. Even as a little girl I always looked forward to our family Celebrating Valentine's Day. My Mom and Dad would always buy us something special, and I always looked forward to receiving their gift and love.
Many years ago I read a story about St. Valentine that really caught my attention. And I want to pass it on. In the Bible John 15: 13 reads "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" And that is just what St. Valentine did.
St. Valentine was a priest
near Rome in about the year 270 A.D. At that time the Roman Emperor was
imprisoning Christians for not worshipping the Roman gods. During this
persecution Valentine was arrested. Some write that he was arrested because he
was performing Christian marriages, but others say it was for helping Christians
During the trial they asked Valentine what he thought
of the Roman gods Jupiter and Mercury. Valentine said they were
false gods and that the God that Jesus called Father was the only true
God. So the Romans threw him in prison for insulting the gods.
While in prison Valentine continued to minister. He witnessed
to the guards. One of the guards was a good man who had adopted a blind
girl. He asked Valentine if his God could help his daughter. Valentine
prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his whole family,
46 people, believed in Jesus and were baptized. Because these people had
come to know Jesus, Valentine praised God right there in his prison cell.
When the emperor heard about this he was furious that Valentine was still
making converts even in prison, so he had Valentine beheaded.
Valentine knew that he might get caught in his Christian
activities. He knew that if he told the court the truth about the Roman
gods that he would be thrown in prison. And he knew that if he continued
to witness to Christ in the prison he would make his captors angry. But
he continued, because he loved the Lord and his fellow humans. He was willing
to risk his life to free the prisoners and spread the Good News of Jesus
Christ to those who needed to hear it.
The Bible Says: "No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends."(John 15:13) God showed
us this love by coming in Christ to die for our sins. And St. Valentine
demonstrated this love when he died for his friends. This is the kind of
love that Valentine's Day is really about.
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Christian Valentine Links
of Christian Historical Biographies: A biography from a calendar of
Valentine: A traditional Roman Catholic version of the life of St.
Breakin' Valentine: An essay on the current state of Valentine's day
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson from the Christian Articles Archives.
Valentine: A traditional Roman Catholic treatment of the story of St.
Valentine. Deals with the question of "Which St. Valentine?"
Day...: An article from Trincoll Journal by Maura Fennelly which deals
with the origins of St. Valentine's Day and its present state.
Letters From Peggie's Place - A poetically arranged collection of Christian
and secular Valintine and romantic related sites.
Christian Ways to Celebrate St. Valentine's
Give your life to Christ:
God is love and the source of true love. God loved us enough to die for
us and St. Valentine loved God enough to die for God's Truth. What better
way to celebrate Valentine's Day then to commit or recommit our lives to
Christ. If you want some guidance on how to do that please e-mail me, Just 4 Kids Magazine, and we will help you.
Stand up for the truth and proclaim the Gospel of
God's love: Sometimes it is dangerous to stand
up against injustice, hatred, and prejudice. Sometimes it is difficult
to oppose the world's view of things to proclaim the truth of God's Love.
But that is what Valentine did!
"Be My Valentine."
We all want to hear that phrase. It simply means "you
are loved." You are loved. God Loves you.
The love that God gives us is not like
the world's love. The World's love is as sturdy as the paper that most
Valentine cards are made of. God's Love is the real thing. It is an all giving love that was and is willing
to suffer and die for our deliverance.
Will you be accept God's Love? It is your choice. Say yes
and return in kind the love that God first gave you. And when you do, remember
the first Valentine and the way he gave everything, including his life,
to the God he loved.