Valentine's Day Heart

Every February another opportunity comes around for friends and loved ones to offer a token of their love and appreciation to each other. Valentine's Day is an opportunity for children to share friendship with their class mates. They swap cute little cards adorned with hearts, animals and cartoon characters. 

Valentine's Day is an opportunity to express romantic love. Men learn quickly the value of roses and a box of chocolates for their sweetheart. They learn even quicker if they forget. And what about those expensive romantic meals shared under candlelight? It's no wonder people call February the love month. Isn't Valentine's Day a wonderful holiday?

For some, Valentine's Day is a bitter sweet holiday. Maybe you just haven't found the "Right One" yet. Or maybe the "Perfect One" has gone on ahead. If you're in either of these situations, be assured, our Heavenly Father knows and cares for you deeply.

Valentines' Day is here for just one day and then it's gone. We know that friendship and love are much bigger than the things we can expressed in just one day. Friendship and love take a life time to develop and share.

There was a man who offered an example to us many years ago. He showed us how far to go with our friendship and love. His valentine heart beat deep in his chest with friendship and love.

His heart pounded with compassion as his flesh was torn away with whips. It beat rapidly when a crown of thorns was pressed into his head. No man was expected to survive the thrashing he took. He could have given up there. But his heart beat with compassion for those who persecuted him.

He struggled against the weight of his own cross as he climbed to the top of Golgotha.  His heart beat rapidly on this ascent. At the top they laid him on a cross. And there his valentine heart surged to sustain him as blood sprayed from his nailed pierced hands and feet. The compassion in his heart would not be quenched as he uttered, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."  (Luke 23:34)

A thief, deserving death, hung beside him. When the thief asked for mercy this compassionate man invited him to his home that day.

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 (NKJV)

This man of compassion is Christ Jesus the Son of God. Jesus taught us how to be a friend and then he lived friendship to the point of death.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  John 15:13 (NKJV)

When Valentine's Day is over children's cards sit in a box in their room. Roses last a few days but they soon make their way to the trash. And the box of chocolates is now a token of the holiday that you wish was not around your waste.

But the Valentine Heart of our Savior Jesus does not end this way. The grave they laid him in was found empty. He appeared to his friends a few days later. Today he sits with his father in heaven and cares for you and me very much. Each of us can become Jesus' valentine. All we have to do is believe in him.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:12-13 (NKJV)