Remember Your Valentine

Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (NIV)

1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us. (NIV)

Once in a while, I enjoy doing a word puzzle to enhance my vocabulary and concentration skills. The goal of one particular game was to find as many words as possible within the phrase, REMEMBER YOUR VALENTINE.

It is believed that these words were spoken by a condemned priest named Valentine during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II. Allegedly, in times of war, Claudius made it illegal to marry. He supposed that this law would benefit his empire by encouraging the men to be better soldiers. Nevertheless, Valentine continued to perform weddings in secret, until he was arrested and sent to jail. While in prison, he sent letters to friends asking them to pray for him by writing, "Remember your Valentine." Subsequently, he was executed on February 14th, around the year 269 AD.

Whether or not this story is true, I was struck by how the Valentine's Day tradition arose out of sacrifice and martyrdom. This in turn is related to the high cost of Christ's love for us, and we, His church, are called to be His beloved bride.

Interestingly, the Bible's first mention of the word "love" appears in Genesis 22:2, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice "your only son, Isaac, whom you love". The Lord, however, provided a ram instead — a beautiful picture of what God would do many years later in giving us His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)

This verse depicts God's unconditional love in action — yet it doesn't stop there. Through Christ, we are also redeemed and adopted into the family of God.

1 John 3:1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (NIV)

Therefore, while we give Valentine cards and gifts to our loved ones, above all let us not forget our most precious Valentine: the One who laid down His life for us.

Consider this: What then can we do to show that our love is reciprocal? In what ways can we follow His example, walking together in love as brothers and sisters in Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we recognize and appreciate the true nature of Your love as You have revealed it through the precious gift of Your Son. In His holy name, we pray. Amen.

1 comment on this post.
  1. PresbyCan Feedback:

    Amen to your prayer.


    Happy Valentines Lori and Lou!
    It’s always so good to read your Devotional’s. Thank you.


    Thanks for a good word today Lori. And have a Happy Valentine’s Day.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Lori, for sharing this account of Valentine’s sacrifice on the day we remember those we love. Blessings.


    Dear Lori,
    I always learn such interesting things from you! You also always challenge us to focus on our service to the Lord and others. Thank you again for another excellent devotional.


    Good morning Lori,
    We just read your valentine devotional.
    Normally I look to see who wrote the piece before I read it – not this time. I started to read (Valentine day) and really enjoying the story and the “tie-in” then saw your name.
    WOW, long way of saying thank you.


    Hi Lori,
    This is a perfect devotional for these days we are living in when there is so much hatred, greediness and a general attitude of “me first”. Hopefully, all of us who read it will take it to heart and really practise the commandment Jesus gave to “love thy neighbour as thyself’.”
    Bless you and Happy Valentine’s Day.


    A good word, Lori. Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day.

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