Hundreds of million people around the world have come to embrace the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day on 14th February of each year but many are still ignorant of its origin.
The history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint is shrouded in mystery but everyone has accepted the second month as a month of romance.
St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today contains residues of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.
When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure.
Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was also believed during the Middle Ages in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.
The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
Now, Valentine was believed to have been killed for love and till today he is being celebrated mostly in odd manners by millions most of which never knew the most accurate among the several folklores of Valentines.
A man walked this earth a little above 2,000 years ago, centuries before Valentine. His love for the entire world, living, dead and unborn sent him to the cross where he bled and died after a torturous journey to Golgotha where he was nailed to the cross for loving humanity.
No wonder, records have shown that the birthday of this man attracts more celebration than Valentine’s Day with a record 2.6 billion cards exchanged across the globe annually apart from the electronic versions.
God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16 (Good News Translation.)
Jesus deserves more attention as you celebrate the Valentine’s Day. He shared more love. He loves Valentine himself just like he loves you. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. Of course valentine and Jesus may have one thing in common if the legend about Valentine is true anyway.
I Corinthians 15:4 says: He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (New Living Translation)
Jesus and Valentine were both martyred by same Roman people for love. But while Valentine died for one, Jesus died for all and he also went a step ahead….on the third day he resurrected again for love. And after 40 days he ascended to the right hand of the father where he is continuing in the work of love-interceding for you.
Then what would you give in return to this man of love? He only wants one thing-your heart. He does not condemn anyone despite how much his love is betrayed. Remember on the cross he still prayed for his assailants. He is praying for you right now and he wants you to give him your heart.
You can do this and that is why he would not force himself on you. Why not make him your love today? He is waiting for this invitation. Yes, he want you just as you are and he does not discriminate. Please be his Val today.
To make Jesus your love today, say this simple prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I have read that you love me despite my state. I believe in you. I believe you died for my sins and rose again for my justification according to your word.
I invite you into my heart. Come in and take your place. Make me a new person. Give me the power to love you in return. Be my personal Lord, be my love. I surrender to you. Give me the ability to seek you daily and know you more. I prayed in Jesus name.
Friend if you have said this prayer sincerely, expect Jesus to visit you today, he waited this long for this invitation. He is not a mere story like Valentine, he is real and he will give you an encounter. God bless you.
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