St. Valentine’s Love

John 3:16 This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

St Valentine must have been an amazing lover. Fabio, Don Juan, and St Valentine. Hardly. St Valentine did not sweep women off their feet. He is credited as the saint of love for far deeper reasons.

St Valentine was alive in a time when love was forbidden. It was forbidden to love God and prohibited to marry the one you loved by the Emperor of Rome. St Valentine deemed that people should be free to do both and would perform secret marriage ceremonies for couples. He was ultimately executed for his rebellion.

We celebrate St Valentine’s Day as a remembrance that love will never die. Valentine paid a high price for love. He was decapitated on February 14 because he believed in love. More than that, he believed in the greatest love of all. Jesus Christ died on a cross for all humanity because God so loved. This was St Valentine’s faith. His ultimate romance was with the greatest lover in the world.

Whether Valentine’s Day is passionate, or a disappointment, may you be romanced by the most incurable romantic, the God of Heaven. His love for you is greater, deeper, wider than you can experience in this lifetime.

Be amazing.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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