Is Valentine’s Day a Christian Holiday?

Although there is plenty of debate, we don’t know a lot about who Saint Valentine was nor do we know how Valentine’s Day became what it is today. I did hear someone say that we can surely say that Saint Valentine was good for Saint Hallmark.

Is Valentine’s Day a Christian holiday? Should it be one?

The answer to these questions – – like many other questions in life – – has to do with how it is used.

Let’s think about what this day should mean and how it should be used.

First, the deepest and greatest love – – the Greek word found in John 3:16 is agape– – describes a sacrificial love that looks for the absolute best for another person. That kind of love should be celebrated and encouraged.

Second, agape describes an active, doing kind of love. Rather than describing a mushy feeling, it describes a strong, deliberate, and active service.

Third, we need as many days as possible that promote warmth, caring, affection, and kindness toward other people. Anything we can do to help show God’s plan for all people needs to be promoted.

Fourth, romantic love in its proper form– – one man, one woman for a lifetime – – comes from the Creator Himself. Before any other institution, God walked Eve down the aisle in the Garden of Eden and gave her to Adam. That work of God should be celebrated.

Strong, devoted romantic love was God’s plan prior to the creation of nations and governments, and it came before sin entered the world.

Finally, when we think about love, we should think on these terms: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes. always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Are you making this day a Christian holiday?

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