- The history of Valentine’s Day. It’s a day to commemorate St. Valentine who was a Roman Catholic priest in the 3rd century.The story goes that during the reign of Claudius II, who was committed to rebuilding the once-great Roman army, found out that given a choice, most young men in the Roman Empire refused to serve. They’d rather stay at home with their wives and children than go off into battle.
Claudius came to believe that only single men would volunteer for service, so he issued a royal edict that banned all further marriages but St. Valentine who believed strongly in love, kept marrying couples secretly. Once he got discovered, he was jailed and later beheaded on February 14, 269. Since then, for his sacrifice in the interest of love, February 14 has been designated as St. Valentine’s Day for the celebration of Love.
- Why is Love important? 1 Cor 13:1-3. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
- So what is Love? For the purpose our discussion, we will describe the characteristics of 3 types: Romantic, Mutual and Spiritual. a.The Romantic love is usually physical, depends on feelings, sometimes fleeting or better imagined e.g. can be turned off when the imagined attributes or behaviours don’t match real life.(b)Mutual- according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV):-4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (c) Spiritual/agape: John 3:16. Unconditional.
- You can’t give what you don’t have. But I submit to you that if you accept it, we all have the best kind of love available to us which the everlasting Love of God. So let’s go and share it because it is abundant.
By Afam Elue