A Great Love Story
As I write this article it is obvious what day is coming up; Valentine’s Day! Most of the stores I have visited have displays with all kinds of heart shaped items that are very attractive and enticing to the eye. These displays have the theme of love and the word love written on everything. They are there to remind us of Valentine’s Day.
The story of St. Valentine is a beautiful love story going back to the third century. It is a story about a man by the name of Valentinus who was placed in prison because he refused to worship the gods of Claudis. Valentinus was a Christian and even the threat of death could not keep him from practicing his beliefs in Christ.
During the last week of his life his daughter Julia was allowed to visit him. Julia was blind and the only world she knew was through the eyes of her father.
The story is told that during a visit in the final days of her father’s life they would spend most of it in prayer together. She prayed that her sight might be restored so she could see all that he had told her about. It is said that on that final day before his death that suddenly her eye sight was restored. On the eve of Valentinus death he wrote her a note. He signed it , “From your Valentine; I love you.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270.
THE DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE
The story of Valentinus and Julia is a touching story of love. But the greatest love story is the story of God’s love for us. My favorite verse in the bible is, John 3:16, it says, “For God so loved the world.” There is no greater love than the love God has for you and me. Love has always existed. God is the very essence of love…it is part of His nature. He demonstrated His love. He made that love visible.
THE OBJECT OF HIS LOVE
God does not love us because we’re loveable or because we make Him feel good. He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him. When that relationship was broken because of sin, He sacrificed His own son in order to restore our fellowship with Him. The objective in His love, to bring together man and His creator.
THE CONTINUATION OF HIS LOVE
The question is asked in Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” The answer is given “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor thing 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. Now, that is a real love story. God wants us to respond to His love, to know Him in a personal way. It is a love relationship that changes our life forever. Jesus is saying, I love you, will you love me back? What love!