Valentine’s Day conjures up images in our minds of red roses, pretty chocolate boxes wrapped in bows, jewelry (especially of the sparkly persuasion!), dinner reservations, and marriage proposals. It is a day to celebrate love! It is a day to celebrate the one you love!
My parents were married on Valentine’s Day, and I have always thought that was so romantic! I used to wish my husband had waited four weeks later than he did to propose to me, so we could celebrate our engagement on Valentine’s Day. Instead, he chose January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to propose! Oblivious to MLK, his reason for that date, “I just couldn’t wait! I was so excited!” Now that’s romantic!
We don’t typically think of suffering, bleeding, or dying on Valentine’s Day. However, Jesus suffered, bled, and died on the cross for us, and that’s the ultimate sacrifice of love. He died to give anyone who calls on His name real life. John 3:16 tells us “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.” Jesus, out of obedience and love, left his Heavenly home to come to earth and die for our sinfulness. There is no other way to a holy, perfect God except through Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).” His blood cleanses us and provides the way to Heaven.
This Valentine’s Day don’t forget to celebrate the One you love! Show God how much you love Him by spending time with Him and thanking Him for all of your blessings, including your husband and children! Flowers fade, chocolates disappear (and reappear on the hips), and jewelry gets lost. However, the love of Christ is a gift that lasts forever and can be celebrated any day of the year! Happy Valentine’s Day!