The ultimate Valentine

A valentine is all about love, right? So first, let’s define love –

Love is/does:
patient, kind, listens, cares more for others than self, protects, trusts, shares, sacrifices, believes, forgives, hopes, humble, endures, obedient, rejoices, sincere, faith, puts God first.

Love is not/does not:
envy, boast, strut, arrogant, rude, insist on its own way, keep score, judge, easily irritable, resentful, rejoice at wrongdoing, give up, ever end, fail, look back, harm, hate, put self first.

Who gave the ultimate valentine?

Job said, “He (GOD) is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”
Job 32-35

Since Job’s plea, GOD did provide someone to stand in between us and Him, and that was his own son, Jesus, who willingly became our sacrifice as a substitute for our own death, that we may know GOD and have that eternal relationship with Him.

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
John 3:16-17

He spoke this about himself, already knowing what his life’s purpose was and how it would end!

Jesus is the ultimate valentine, given to us from our Heavenly Father.
Or you could look at it this way –
Jesus gave the ultimate valentine to us – his life in exchange for our death.
Thank you for this gift of true love!

Food for thought: Marriage isn’t about you and your happiness; its about loving the one you’ve chosen.
Be selfless, not selfish.

Fun facts: After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship. Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates.

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Blurred heart

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