Valentine’s Day: The Real Story

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Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve loved the yummy chocolates, pretty flowers, chalky tasting hearts, and fancy dinners associated with February 14th. Those things pretty much sum up Valentine’s Day, right? Well, no, not really.

Here’s how it all started: In the 3rd century, Roman Emperor Claudius released an edict which prohibited the marrying of young people. It was his belief that unmarried soldiers made the best soldiers because they weren’t concerned with a wife and family. Because of this, young men and women often chose cohabitation outside of marriage. Many others, however, opted for more free, open relationships with allowed for multiple sexual partners.

However, as more and more young people in this time period gave their lives to Christ, they desired the commitment and unity found within the confines of marriage. Not knowing where to turn, they turned to Valentine the priest, who began to secretly perform Christian marriages.

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In time, Claudius learned of Valentine’s actions, had him arrested, thrown into prison, and tortured for his actions. Eventually, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution involving beating, stoning, and finally decapitation. Legend has it that he sent a note to a young lady before his execution, signing it with the words From Your Valentine.

So, today, we celebrate the memory of Saint Valentine, as we now call him. He is the patron Saint of true lovers. However, much more than a title, he gave his life because of his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the love that is found and exemplified within the institution of Christian marriage.

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Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.  John 13:1 NIV

If you knew that you only had a short time to live, wouldn’t you show your family and friends the full extent of your love?  Wouldn’t you say the words that you’ve needed to say for years?  Wouldn’t you forgive that friend or family member who hurt you?  Wouldn’t you share stories and advice with your children and relatives?

Why wait until you only have a short time to live?  Why not do those things now?

10 Best Valentines Day Quotes

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1. Today is Valentine’s Day – or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day – Jay Leno

2.  I wanted to make it really special on Valentine’s Day, so I tied my boyfriend up. And for three solid hours I watched whatever I wanted on TV. – Tracy Smith

3.  Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. – Henry Kissinger

4.  I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. – Unknown

5. Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. – By Rose Franken

6. Valentine’s Day money-saving tip: Break up on February 13th, get back together on the 15th. – David Lettermen

7. Oh here’s an idea: let’s make pictures of our internal organs and give them to other people we love on Valentine’s Day. That’s not weird at all. – Jimmy Fallon

8. Today, folks, should be all about love. Unless you’re old. – Stephen Colbert

9. I want a man who’s kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire? – Zsa Zsa Gabor

Here’s my favorite:

10. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. – The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT

Happy Valentine’s Day