It is Valentine’s Day. To be honest I know very little about the namesake of this day. I have never researched much into the “saints,” mainly because I think the whole notion of sainthood is not found in Scripture (other than the Scriptural teaching that ALL Christians are saints). Valentine’s Day, though, is known as the Holiday of Love.
Husbands and wives (and boyfriends and girlfriends) use the day to show their love for each other in a special way. Flowers are ordered. Chocolates are purchased. Hallmark is happy. Even if money is not spent, usually the day involves something special. What is interesting is that as much as our society gets love wrong, when it comes to this day we are showing that we understand something about love. Love is seen in action.
To Christians we recognize the love of God in His action. John 3:16 reminds us that God loved, so He gave His Son. Paul describes Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as a gift. God’s gift was precious. It was more valuable than anything we could possible purchase. The gift was not given to someone who loved God, but rather was given to His enemies. You and I were God’s enemies, but He gave us a gift. An indescribable gift.
Today, as you celebrate (or not celebrate) Valentine’s Day, remember that God showed us loved. He loved us first. Now, will we love Him back?