Ultimate Valentine

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine’s Day began as a Roman pagan holiday before a Roman Catholic pope made it a Christian feast day in the 5th Century. There were three early Christian saints with the name Valentine, and it is unclear which one of them was honored with this occasion. All three saints were said to have been martyred on February 14th.

It was not until the 14th Century during the Middle Ages that the celebration was associated with love. People in England and France believed that birds started to look for their mate beginning on February 14th. For this reason the day was linked with lovers and became a time to celebrate by exchanging love letters and tokens.

Today we typically recognize our loved ones on Valentine’s Day with gifts, flowers, cards, and candy. It is a time to express our love for others.

The Bible tells the story of the greatest love of all, the love that God has for all of his children.

Ephesians 3:17-19
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

It is hard to fathom how big God’s love for us is. He loved us so much that he sacrificed his own son for us. God is the ultimate valentine as seen in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world.
That he gave
His only
that whosoever
Believes In Him
Should not perish,
But have everlasting life.

Give this love note to someone for Valentine’s Day this year!


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