Valentine’s Day: What is the Real Deal Behind It?

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

For most, it is popularly known as a day to celebrate loveFor some, it usually comes with a price tag – commercialized holidayBut for others, the Hearts Day is, well, just another day.

So, what is the real deal behind Valentine’s Day?

Legend has it… 

You may have heard that the history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that its origin is not romantic at all. 

In an interview with CBNFather Frank O’Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, shared the story of St. Valentine. Whitefriars Street Church is one of the churches that claim to house the remains of St. Valentine.

According to Father O’Gara, St. Valentine was Roman Priest during emperor Claudias’ time. The emperor persecuted the church and banned all marriages.

This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died,” Father O’Gara narrated. 

Believing that the decree was unfair and that marriages are sacred, St. Valentine continued to perform marriages in secret. However, he was caught and imprisoned. Legend has it that in prison, Valentine performed miracles such as healing a judge’s blind daughter, converting people into Christianity.  

History says that Valentine was beheaded on February 14, around the year 270 A.D. To honor his stand about Christian marriage, he was named a saint, often dubbed as the Patron Saint of Love.

Valentine’s Day and modern love

Now that you know the backstory, you might find it odd how an early Christian history morphed into something about flowers, chocolate hearts, and just romance. 

Its objectification – and objectification of love itself – tend to confuse many. Some people find it hard to separate material things that come with Saint Valentine’s Day and love. 

Regardless of what you believe about Valentine’s Day, the Bible says that love should not be confined to a single day. Love must be expressed at all times. 

“Let all that you do be done with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NKJV) 

Love is blessed by God. Because God richly provides us with everything to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17 ESV), He wants you to enjoy and celebrate love, as purely and sincerely as possible!

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9–10 NIV)

Your greatest Valentine 

Are you still looking for and praying for your perfect Valentine? 

If you are tired looking for a great love around you, you may want to look up. 

Everything in this world was created by God – including love. Love is God’s domain because God is love (1 John 4:8).  

God loves you. No, not just the kind of love that spoils you with flowers and promises during Valentine’s Day. Not the love that makes you fidgety, unsure, nor nervous. 

God’s love brings peace. He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)It is the kind of love that literally died for you so you can enjoy an eternal life.

It is the kind of love that fulfills and persistsIt is the kind of love that stays through the end of age. 

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NLT) 

This Valentine’s Day, may you be reminded that it is also an opportunity to set an intimate date with your Divine Lover.  

It is a day to glorify the boundless love of Jesus Christ – your Greatest Lover. 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9 NIV)

Are you having a hard time believing that God loves you? Do you want to experience His boundless love and peace? 

It would be our joy to encourage you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

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