I like February – February has my holiday – Valentines Day! My middle name is Valentine! No, seriously, my middle name IS Valentine – Robert Valentine Harringer Jr. – that’s me. My dad was born on Valentine’s day in 1922; he’s Senior; I’m Junior. Some of the guys in college used to call me ‘Valentine’ as a nickname. I didn’t mind it, although I think their motives were less than sincere!
While the history of St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery, it has come to be a celebration of love; commercialized with sentimental cards and copious amounts of candy. When we were kids, we used to give Valentine cards to all our classmates and teachers – it was a nice; if somewhat corny tradition. We’re all familiar with the classic rhyme, ‘Roses are Red; Violets are Blue; Sugar is Sweet and so are you.’ Here’s one of the more sillier rhymes: ‘Chocolate is brown, hearts are red – if you won’t be my Valentine, I’ll ask another instead!’
Valentine’s day ought to be a reminder of God’s unfailing love for us! God’s ultimate Valentine was becoming a sacrifice for us. There is no greater love than this! It’s a love that has produced a priceless salvation available to all mankind! John 3:16 is really the best Valentine’s verse that anyone could ever receive: ‘For God so loved YOU that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!’ Or, think about it this way: If God had a refrigerator; YOUR picture would be on it!