The Great Day of Love!
The Great Day of Love!

The Great Day of Love!

February is here! It seems just yesterday that we were watching the ball drop in New York bringing in 2016. Celebrations were held all around the world bringing in the new year. Now, here we are through the first month and entering in the second.

As I thought about February, probably the most significant thing that happens in the month is “Valentine’s Day,” or as some have called it “The Great Day of Love.”

Anyone now can research as to the origin of Valentine’s Day, for example we can read in the free encyclopedia Wikipedia that Valentine’s Day was originally called St. Valentine’s Day. It began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.

But why the modern association of sending flowers, candy, gifts and cards to our sweetheart?

Well, Wikipedia also adds this: The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).

So down through the years we have seen Valentine’s Day become that great day of love. The retailers make us feel guilty by suggesting that if we really loved our sweetheart we would buy her/him candy, cards, jewelry, etc. You know the drill.

In an article about Valentine’s Day spending, “IBISWorld breaks Valentine’s Day spending out by concluding that 47.4% accounts for dining out, 13.9% candy, 11.6% romantic getaways, 8.5% flowers, 7.8% jewelry, 6.3% clothing and lingerie, and 4.4% greeting cards. Frank Cirillo, senior communications specialist at American Greetings, says, “Valentine’s Day is the second-most popular holiday for sending cards, falling behind only Christmas.”

Enough of that aspect of the day. I would like to suggest that they all have it wrong!

The greatest day of love in the history of the world is found in the most widely quoted Bible verse we know as John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

On the day that Christ died to redeem mankind from sin was the single greatest act of love ever demonstrated.

It is sad to think that someone purchases or makes a gift for someone, a gift which would represent their love for that individual, and that person rejects it.

Then, we think of the Heavenly Father, how He has done everything to let the world know he loves them. He didn’t send a card or a box of candy… He sent His Only Son, Jesus, to come to the earth and offer his life as an atonement for our sins.

In closing let me suggest a few things for you to consider:

First, if you have not received the gift of God’s love, eternal life through Jesus Christ, then why not do so today. If you need to get in touch with me or a pastor or good Godly friend to help you understand this message of love more fully, then please do so today. God has offered you His love by providing salvation freely through faith in what His Son did by dying for you.

Secondly, if you have accepted His love and you are a Believer, then share God’s love with others. Maybe you can find a Valentine’s Card that offers a place for you to write a note… if so, tell them of the “Greatest Day of Love!”

Finally, live out the love in your life! “How?” you might ask. By striving every day to keep and live the greatest commandment and the second great commandment. We find them in Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? (37) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Simplified, Love God first and love your neighbor as yourself! Jesus said upon these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. That means that if we practice these two, then the other are never needed.

I hope you have a great February. According to the famous groundhog Punxsutawney, who did not see his shadow, we will have Spring-like weather just around the corner.

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, may you select the perfect expression of your love to your sweetheart.

If you have not received God’s gift of love, eternal life through the salvation in Christ, may you do so before the opportunity is gone.

If you have received the gift of God’s love, then share it with others.

God bless, Pastor Taylor

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