Hello blog readers! I’m excited to share with you today. This morning, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day — which is two days from now. I’ve decided to stop celebrating it. It’s something I’ve been praying about every since my son came home from school this year with a reminder to bring valentines for his classmates. It’s something we’ve done every year he’s been in school. This year, it didn’t feel right. I understand it’s because of my heart for God that’s been growing as I seek Him.
Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.
God is faithful to remember every promise He’s ever made to me. He has made many.
I’m cleansed of my sin by means of His Son. I’m given the gift of the Holy Spirit because I’ve accepted His Son as my Lord and Savior. The enemy has no authority over my life or future because my Heavenly Father protects, guides and provides for me. In my weakness, He is made strong. He hears every prayer I pray. He supplies all my needs. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His Word assures me of this. Those are His promises to us. He remembers every promise, and I know He will never forget them.
Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
He forgets nothing. Forgetting is a fault. He is Perfect. He chooses not to remember our sin, which is a very loving thing from someone who cannot forget. So, how can a God who forgets nothing, forget that Valentine’s Day started as a day of pagan worship? That’s the question that I had to come to terms with.
My son and I looked up the origins of Valentine’s Day to find that it started as a “Christian liturgical” feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus.
Christian liturgy: a pattern for worship used (whether recommended or prescribed) by a Christian congregation or denomination on a regular basis.
It was a worship feast in honor of a priest named Saint Valentinus.
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'”
Exodus 34:14 –for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God–
Here’s an interesting article about how Valentine’s Day started: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day
Is there anything wrong with celebrating love? I don’t believe so. He is love. But have we, through tradition, accepted something offensive to our Father in Heaven because we’re unaware of how the tradition originated? I’m not ok with offending Him. A bouquet of flowers and some candy is not worth it. Nothing is. He’s a Good Father with feelings. Foundations matter to Him.
Thankfully, He is an Examiner of hearts. He knows that we’re celebrating “love” as we’ve been taught. We mean no harm, and He knows it. He’s so understanding and patient. He is love.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
He waited on me for over 30 years to surrender to Him. He’s teaching me that the narrow path isn’t the popular route, but it’s the avenue to peace.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.