February 14th is always a day that brings to mind flowers, hearts, chocolate and love. I woke up yesterday to a sweet card from my sweet husband. I gave my boys their own special box of chocolate. We played the movie, Fireproof, at church. It was definitely a special day.
I was curious as to how this all started, so I looked up the history of Valentine’s Day. There are 3-4 stories explaining its origin, I like this one:
Around the year 270 AD, the Roman Emperor Claudius II, issued an order forbidding marriage. The Roman Empire was being attacked on all sides by its enemies, and the Emperor felt the men would be better soldiers, more dedicated to their task, if they did not have wives and families at home waiting on them. So … no marriages were allowed. There was a priest near Rome, named Valentine, who commiserated with these young men, and married them in secret.
When Claudius learned of the priest performing secret marriages, he had him thrown in prison. While there, he met and fell in love with the jailors daughter. Just before his execution, he wrote her a letter declaring his love for her and signed it “From Your Valentine”, a phrase that is still widely used today.
Now, this love story may or may not be true.
But I do know a love story that is true. It’s a story of a God who loves us so very much, that he sent his only son to this earth to die for us. So that we could live with him, forever.
I have two little boys. I can tell you this. I would not let my sons die for anyone. I can’t love as God loves because God is love, according to I John 4:8.
The Bible tells us in Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love.
If you’ve never experienced this love – true love — maybe it’s time for you to get to know God?
Father, thank you for your love. A love that really is beyond measure. I know I cannot grasp it, but I am so very thankful for it.
In Jesus Name I Pray,
God Bless You!
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