- Written by Rob Wilson Rob Wilson
We are approaching a month that, for some merchants, contains a huge holiday. Valentine’s Day is a holiday for which people purchase cards, chocolates, and flowers for spouses, significant others, and friends. About a billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card exchange time of the year. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day. Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day in the U.S. 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. for Valentine's Day. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
Most folks don’t know the story of St. Valentine. He was a priest who was imprisoned for performing weddings for Roman soldiers. Why would someone be imprisoned and ultimately executed for performing weddings? Well, it seems that the Roman emperor at this time, Claudius, didn’t want his soldiers married. He believed that marriage would affect the soldier's loyalty to him and the soldier's willingness and ability to fight. Rumor has it that before Valentine was executed, he penned a note to the jailer’s daughter and signed it "Your Valentine." You can fact check me on this, but it’s interesting that this holiday of sharing with loved ones had its origin in the pursuit of protecting and promoting the framework of the family, a husband and wife.
The family has an amazing impact on the path of our society and culture. As the family goes so goes everything else it seems. When God created man and then woman, Adam and Eve, He did it with the intent of that union being the foundation from which all humanity would proceed. He created them to depend on and seek Him for their worth and identity. Even though the fall has led to our rebellion and sin against God, the family still has the potential to reflect holiness filled with love. I know that this world is imperfect, and I know that we are imperfect people, but that doesn’t excuse us from seeing a perfect plan in God’s grace. The most amazing fact that comes from being married to the love of your life is that you are in a place to give and receive grace on a regular basis. True love doesn’t hold grudges or demand its own way. It’s not rude and it’s never ending. You know where this is going right?
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7) So let’s love one another with genuine love, and know that we have received perfect love in Christ Jesus. Be gracious and generous and don’t let evil conquer you, but overcome evil by loving, even those that don’t love you back. That’s what Jesus did, and He gives us the same power to accomplish His will! May your life glorify the One who gives you life! God is good all the time and all the time God is good!
In Christ’s Love,