ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
It’s Valentine’s Day – and a celebration of the romantic. Love is in the air – and love, as we know, changes everything…!
Song titles apart – St. Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly associated with love. The man who is celebrated was thought to be a priest or bishop who ministered to persecuted Christians under the Roman Empire. Why he has become associated with love doesn’t seem to have a convincing explanation – but undoubtedly that association has come.
You either embrace the idea of St Valentine’s Day, or you don’t. For some who have loved and lost, or never yet loved – it can all be very pointed and rather sad. For young lovers enjoying their time together it can be a delightful opportunity to celebrate.
But as it highlights the idea of relationship – this day can build up or knock down – as we reflect on the relationships we ourselves have.
The bible talks about relationships. The idea of love permeates the book and jumps off the pages. God is, after all, love. He exhibits love. He cannot help but love. The relationship between Him and us, and the relationships between those of us who follow him should be built on love. But of course we are now shifting attention from romantic love, to the perfect, sacrificial, enduring love described by the word AGAPE.
Agape is complete love. Total love. Unending love. Not weak, not wishy-washy. Not ethereal or insubstantial. Love that persists. Try reading 1 Corinthians 13 again – you will have read it or heard it before. Love that makes a difference.
Whatever you think of St Valentine’s Day, the bible is clear. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.”