Have you ever read old Valentines? They can be really corny. The honeybee says, “Won’t you bee mine?” and the little secretary bats her eyes and murmurs, “You’re just my type.” Cartoon green Martians declare, “You’re out of this world.” Then, we have those lacey, flowery Victorian Valentines with their declarations of love. For example: “Fain would I guard thee through life’s desert drear, And fling around thee love to soothe and cheer, For thoe I live might I but call thee mine, I’d be forever thy own Valentine.” If I ever got one like that, I’d crack up for sure!
My husband makes up little love poems for me. They are terrible poetry, but I know the sentiment is real. They usually begin with “You are my” or “Roses are red.” They’re composed in the moment and always hilarious.
As a child, we decorated shoeboxes with hearts and doilies and put slits in the tops to serve as mailboxes, for our classmates to give us Valentines. We took Valentines to class, and gave each of our fellow classmates a Valentine as well. They were of the honeybee and Martian types (above). The whole concept was goofy. I mean, what did “Won’t you bee mine?” mean in third grade? We were clueless.
Expressions of love.
We all need it. The whole world clamors for love. Usually, the world has no idea where to find love, but it continues to search. Every person on earth wants to feel loved, protected, and cherished.
There is one source of this kind of love. And, there’s one eternal Valentine worth reading: God’s expression of love, the Bible. Enjoy reading what He says to you:
- The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee (Jeremiah 31:3).
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35, 38-39).
- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).
The Bible is Truth. We can rely on the fact that God loves us. Nothing can separate us from His love. We can give our own cares over to Him.
God’s love—expressed here as great love—gave us salvation. Many times in the Bible, the love of God is linked to His provision of salvation and accompanied by mercy and grace. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7).
God’s love is reflected in our love for others. In fact, the Bible says that when we love God, we will love others.
- He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him (1 John 4:8-9, 16).
- When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Matthew 22:37, 39).
- As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. These things I command you, that ye love one another (John 15:9, 12-13, 17).
Not only are we supposed to love others, we’re to encourage them to love—that Valentine word again—and do good. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works (Hebrews 10:24). When people see our lives and the way we treat others, they should be encouraged to do the same.
Walking in the Way shares one more Valentine verse:
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God for a sweetsmelling savour (Ephesians 5:2).
May God bless your life with His love.