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Happy Valentine's Day

By: Donna Martin

I looked on the internet to see what special days were in February, and I was surprised by what I found.  Unfortunately by the time you read this article you may have missed the opportunity to celebrate some to these special days.  “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” was February 4th, “Dump Your Significant Jerk Day” was February 5th, “Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day” was the 7th, “Read in the Bathtub Day” was February 9th, “Satisfied With Staying Single Day” was the 11th, and “Clean Out Your Computer Day” and “Madly In Love With Me Day” were both on February 13. 

Most of us were probably unaware of these days and the other 100 plus “Crazy, Silly, Bizarre, Unknown Holidays and Occasions” on the list.  However, one day that we are all aware of is February 14, Valentine’s Day (It is also “World Marriage Day”). 

Valentine’s Day is the day of love…… but what IS love?  In Ephesians 5:25 Paul says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” and he goes on to explain how Christ loved the church.  In verse 28 he says,”husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his wife loves himself.” And then Paul tells us in verse 29 what men do when they love themselves, “After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just a Christ does the church.”

Josh McDowell’s definition of love is “to provide for and protect. “ If you examine these verses in Ephesians that definition of love makes a lot of sense.  Christ’s love for us provides us with all we need and protects us by giving us eternal life.

Jesus said in John 15:12-13 “My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” 

How does Christ love us?  Does he love us only when we are lovable? Does he love us only when we are kind and thoughtful, healthy, successful, and only when we do what he expects to do?  No, he loves us when we are at our best, and he loves us when we are at our worst.  His love is everlasting (Jeremiah 31:3).

So on this day of love, during this month of love, and in all the days to come, remember to love your spouse and others just as Christ loves you.  I believe if we will follow Christ’s example we will find that true “love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Happy Valentine’s Day

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