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
- 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
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).
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).
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).
bless your life with His love.