Mon, 12 February 2007
TRUE VALENTINE LOVE
TRUE VALENTINE LOVE
In several countries Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a time of love. Over 188 million Valentine’s Day cards are purchased every year ... and 73 percent of them are bought by women. Parents receive around 20 percent of the cards. Over 50 million roses are purchased for Valentine’s gifts every year.
The saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine's Day was possibly one of three martyred men named Valentinus who lived in the late third century during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Not much, if anything, is really known about any of the three. However, we do have some knowledge of the origin of the day known as Valentine Day.
The true story behind Valentine’s Day is about a man named Valentinus, a courageous Christian who lived during the third century. Going against the Roman emperors decrees, Valetinus performed secret marriage ceremonies in the woods. After helping many lovers to be joined together in HOLY MATRIMONY, he was dragged before the emperor, who was angry both because of the weddings and because of Valentinus’ refusal to worship the Roman gods.
Valentinus was sentence to death because of these crimes; however, Valentinus proclaimed to the emperor that Jesus is God’s Son, and then invited the emperor to believe in Jesus and be saved!
There are many true life stories, as well as songs, about love.
Van Gogh, the gifted and renowned artist, cut off the lower part of his own left ear, which he wrapped in newspaper and gave to a prostitute named Rachel in the local brothel, because a friend had deserted him.
In 1993, Tina Turner came out with her famous song, “What’s love Got to Do with It??
You know ... when we love someone, we do NOT count the money ... we count the occasions! (the memories.) There was a survey taken, asking people what they would like to do with someone they loved, and three of the top answers were as follows:
1. A walk on the beach;
2. Quality time talking; and,
3. Dinner alone.
None of the above cost money.
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Jesus said to the church of Ephesus, “I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.? (Revelation 2:4) Personally, I would rather be a soul winner with NO wisdom and the love of God leading people to Christ than a wise old prophet leading NO souls to Christ.
I want to retain my FIRST LOVE ... and to worship my FIRST LOVE: the Lord Jesus, the Messiah of Israel.
Love motivated God to send His only Son to earth to die on a cross and suffer and pay for your sins and my sins.
Love motivated Jesus to obey the Father and come to earth for you and for me.
Love motivated Yeshua at the age of 12 to stay behind in Jerusalem when his parents were returning home from the Feast of the Passover. They did not realize he was gone for a whole day, and then it took three days to find him in the Temple court, where he was listening to and teaching the teachers: the doctors of the Law.
The word LOVE is used 310 times in the Holy Bible ... 33 times in the Book of First John, where 17 times it talks about “Love the Lord.? In I John Chapter Three, God tells us:
“Every one who hates his Brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has Immortal Life within him.
We have learned to know what love is from this--that Christ laid down his life on our behalf. Therefore we also ought to lay down our lives on behalf of our Brothers.
But, if any one has worldly possessions, and yet looks on while his Brother is in want, and hardens his heart against him, how can it be said that the love of God is within him?
My children, do not let our love be mere words, or end in talk; let it be true and show itself in acts.
By that we shall know that we are on the side of the Truth; and we shall satisfy ourselves in God's sight, that if our conscience condemns us, yet God is greater than our conscience and knows everything.
Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, then we approach God with confidence, and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we are laying his commands to heart, and are doing what is pleasing in his sight.
His Command is this -- that we should put our trust in the Name of his Son, Messiah Yeshua, and love one another, in accordance with the Command that he gave us.
And he who lays his commands to heart maintains union with Messiah, and Messiah with him. And by this we know that Messiah maintains union with us -- by our possession of the Spirit which he gave us.? – (I John 3:15-24)
This Valentine’s Day, give yourself - your time, your energy, your resources - to someone you love. Show them your love!
There may be someone you do NOT love. Pray ... and ask God to give you His love for them. Call someone ... write someone ... help someone. Maybe it's a person who does NOT like you, or who has been mean to you. Maybe it's a relative who has done you wrong.
And then ... do the same to God. Give yourself - your time, your energy, your resources - to God. Show Him your love! If you were the only person on Planet Earth, Jesus would still have made the trip for you. He loves you so much that He gave more than part of his left ear ... he gave his life ... for YOU!
You can never be so bad that Jesus will NOT love you! And ... you will never be able to measure God’s love for you.
Trust Him today ... respond to His love. The MIRACLES ... and the LOVE of God ... are aimed at you from every direction.
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Category:LOVE -- posted at: 4:06pm MDT