The Best Valentine Ever!

1 John 4:7-8-Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. NKJV

Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with candy, cards, flowers, and romantic dinners. To be perfectly honest, I did not know this to be a fact until I googled it, and I was surprised at some of the things I discovered.

It is said that Valentine was a priest in Rome during Claudius’ rule. When marriage became outlawed because single men made better warriors, Valentine rebelled against the law and performed marriage ceremonies anyway. When it was discovered, he was put to death.

Another popular Valentine’s story is that Valentine was imprisoned (a totally different Valentine), and he sent love letters to his beloved from prison, thereby authoring the first valentine. Whichever story excites you the most (because we don’t really know), Valentine’s Day has become a celebration of love.

What is thought to be true about the origins of Valentine’s Day is that it was started to replace a pagan holiday, much like our celebrations of Christmas and Easter. According to Schumer (2020) of Good Housekeeping, the Romans celebrated a festival in February to Faunus, the god of agriculture, and Romulus and Remus, the mythical founders of Rome. Part of the ceremony involved sacrificing animals (a goat and a dog), then taking the blood of the animals and striking women and crops with the blood so they would be fertile. This is a little strange! So how did we get to love, candy, hearts, and romantic dinners?

In the Middle Ages, people began to associate this time with the beginning of the mating of birds, so they associated it to romance. Now, back to the guy in prison who sent a card to his lady love. Charles, Duke of Orleans, wrote a poem to his wife while he was imprisoned. This is considered the first valentine’s written and can be found in the British Library in London (Schumer, 2020). And the rest, as they say, is history!

I have always loved 1 John 4:7 & 8! We used to sing this verse in church, as many children probably learned in VBS or Sunday School:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:18 NKJV

Our God is truly a Master at loving us because He is love! The Bible is a story of love, God’s love for humanity! He loves us so much that He wrote the valentine of all times, His word! His love for us is so great that a card wouldn’t cover the message He wanted to send us! From Genesis to Revelation, we can repeatedly read how great God’s love is for us!

I didn’t grow up knowing the love of God. I grew up knowing the fear of God. I reverenced Him and worshipped Him, but it wasn’t until He told me how much He loved me that I truly fell in love with God! Scripture tells us that:

We love Him because He first loved us.

I John 4:19 NKJV

I did nothing to deserve His love, yet, He faithfully reminds me of His love! I’m so grateful! You did nothing to deserve it either, yet He gives it so freely to us all. Paul prayed this over the saints of Ephesus, and it’s for us also:

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge..

Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJV

God’s love is beyond our understanding. Paul prayed that we would grasp how wide, long, deep, and high the love of God is for us! Just when I think He has done everything possible to demonstrate His love to me, He does something else. But if He didn’t do anything else, His greatest expression of love towards us was Jesus!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

John 3:16 NKJV

It wasn’t enough for God to tell us that He loved the world; Jesus said that He so loved the world! The Greek word for “so” is hoytō, which means “in this manner.” Jesus was saying, “in this manner, God loved the world.” We know this was His meaning because Paul wrote:

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 NKJV

This is amazing love! The psalmist wrote:

Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds.
How priceless your faithful love is, God!

Psalm 36: 5, 7 CSB

And in another psalm, we find these words:

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his faithful love
toward those who fear him.

Psalm 103:11 CSB

And John wrote:

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! 

1 John 3:1 NKJV

Valentine’s Day is a nice time to have someone tell you that they love you. I completely understand the hype surrounding it. But you don’t have to wait until February to find out how much you are loved. And you don’t have to feel sad if no one sends you a card, flowers, or candy! Open the greatest Valentine that has ever be written by the One who loves you best, God! Then relish in the love of the only One who truly matters, the Creator of the ends of the earth!

On His behalf, I wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day because you a so loved by the Father! Wonderful Jesus!

Published by wonderfuljesus8

I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord as a child. Once, when I was still quite young, I knocked on a lady’s door, but I don’t remember why. What I do remember is her telling me that I was going to be a preacher. When I was in high school I preached my very first message on Job. It lasted for a long time! LOL! By graduation, I knew that I had been called into ministry. My heart’s desire is to see the people of God understand and operate in the Kingdom of God. We really need to know that we serve an awesome and amazingly good God and our adversary the devil has no good thing dwelling in him.

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