In case you’ve forgotten, today is Valentine’s Day. According to Wikipedia this “originated as a minor Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early Christian martyrs …. and …. has become a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions of the world”.
In reference to our “commercial celebration” of today, Gill and I attempted to discreetly order cards and chocolates for each other on this week’s Asda delivery. Funnily enough Asda sent a substitute for Gill’s Valentine card for me – I think she may have received a ‘Get Well’ card instead! Also David ordered one for Jenny which was substituted to a card for a male fiancé with totally inappropriate words!
More seriously, however, as part of my readings on Friday, I was especially struck by these words of Jim Packer: “Christ’s death for me is the measure and pledge of the love of the Father and the Son to me”. The reality of these words is both remarkable and profound. Our Valentine Day cards and gifts are just tokens (I trust!) of our true love for someone. But in dying for me, Jesus gave me the greatest ever gift – He could not, in fact, give me anything more (refer to John 15v13). And such love is the guarantee of His eternal care, protection and love for me. Let’s meditate on and take to heart these wonderful verses:
- 1 John 3v1: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
- Romans 8v32: “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
Peace and Grace