Happy Valentines Day!
Do you know about the real St. Valentine? Yes, there really was one! Here are some interesting facts you may want to pass on!
To be young, wealthy and in love - and all in the 3rd century. And to be a Christian. Such was young Valentine.
He would consummate his great love by taking a bride. Soon he would be wed. But his pleasurable, orderly world came crashing down around him when the Roman emperor declared all Christians illegal citizens and guilty of treason.
All they had to do was say, "Caesar is Lord!" But all they would say was "No, Jesus is Lord!"
Rather than deny Christ, young Valentine was arrested in the crackdown. In jail, awaiting execution in the arena, he wrote love letters to his girlfriend. Beautiful, passionate letters assuring her of his great love for her.
But theirs would be a love not lived out. Arms never entwined in the embrace of husband and wife.
On February 14th, 269, young Valentine was put to death - martyred for Jesus Christ.
Since then, Christians have celebrated his fidelity to Christ and romantic love on the 14th of February by sending our own love letters to special people.
As we do so this year, let us too, resolve to live for Christ unashamedly.
Read on . . . .
Reasons why God shouldn't have called you!
There are many reasons why God shouldn't have called you. But don't worry. You're in good company:
Moses stuttered. David's armor didn't fit. John/Mark was rejected by Paul. Timothy had ulcers. Hosea's wife was a prostitute. Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob was a liar. David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich. Jesus was too poor. Abraham was too old. David was too young. Peter was afraid of death. Lazarus was dead. John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer and so was Moses.
Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossip. Gideon and Thomas both doubted. Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out. John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Martha was a worry-wart. Mary was lazy. Samson had long hair. Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? So did Peter, Paul - well lots of folks did.
But God doesn't require a job interview. He doesn't hire and fire like most bosses, because He's more our Dad than our Boss. He doesn't look at financial gain or loss. He's not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.
As much as we try, God's gifts are free. We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be wonderful.
Satan says, "You're not worthy."
Jesus says, "So what? I AM"
Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.
God looks back and sees the cross. He doesn't calculate what you did in '78. It's not even on the record.
Sure. There are lots of reasons why God shouldn't have called us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for him more than our next breath, He'll use us in spite of who we are, where we've been, or what we look like.
And that's an encouraging thought for each of us!
If you don't have a special "someone" this Valentines Day, remember, God's love is constant, unconditional, and never-ending. Let Him be your all in all!
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