He conspicuously ushered the young couple into the church. They loved each other and wished to be married.
After a discussion of the meaning of Christian marriage and God’s intent for them as husband and wife, he agreed to unite them through holy matrimony.
During this particular time in Rome, the Emperor had forbidden the marriage of young people. But, for St Valentine, serving the Lord was more important than serving the emperor. Therefore, he married couples quietly. He knew it was risky. He knew he could be thrown into jail. He knew he was doing the Lord’s work.
Unfortunately, St Valentine was caught and thrown into jail. Eventually, he was beheaded for disobedience to the Emperor. But his obedience to God lived on. His reputation grew into one of the greatest Saints martyred for love – the love of The One Valentine, Jesus Christ.
Although we consider Valentine’s Day a time to celebrate love between people, the meaning originates in God’s love. The flowers, chocolates, and cards we use to communicate our love for others, pales in comparison to the love Jesus has for us.
Whether you are single, dating, engaged, or married, Valentine’s Day can have significant impact. When Jesus is our One Valentine, we will never be let down by what we did or didn’t receive or experience. He will never leave us with unmet expectations. And with Him, every day can be Valentine’s Day. For He has loved us with an everlasting love; He draws us with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Consider what the Lord says in Hosea 2:
She will chase her lovers,
But not overtake them;
Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.
Then she will say,
‘I will go and return to my first husband,
For then it was better for me than now.’ (v 7)
I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord. (v 19-20)
May the Lord be your Valentine this year, for He is The Only One who loves us with an everlasting, never-ending, unrelenting affection far greater than what we could ever experience in human form. He considers you His bride. Will you consider Him to be your husband?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being a lover of our soul. When we feel lonely and discontent with our relationship status, may we turn to You. Be to us The Only Valentine we need.