So we, being many, are one body in Christ,
and every one members one of another.
You might not be aware that Valentine’s day is actually labeled as a Christian celebration, it is said to be in honor of a martyr Saint Valentine, who died on the 14th of February. It is also supposed to be a day to celebrate romance and love in general. Is that all there is to it though, or is there more?
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
We are supposed to show love at all times, there is not a day of the year that we just go an extra mile because we should every day. The second most important commandment in the entire law, is to love your neighbor and that is not limited to one specific day.
Matthew 22:39-40 (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.
Love covers a multitude of sins. If you love your neighbor you will not sin against them, you won’t steal from them, bear false witness against them and many other trespasses. The love that the brethren have among one another is fervent; passionate, intense, profound and sincere. However, this is all the time, this is a practice that Gods’ servants engage in daily. Showing love and charity should be like a reflex, it should feel and be as natural as breathing. When Jesus separates the sheep from the goats the difference between his sheep and the goats is that they show love so naturally they do not even notice that they’re doing something good to Christ. If we are to be Christs’ sheep showing love must be habitual, sincere and not limited to a particular day.
Matthew 25:33-37 (33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
(34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
(35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
(36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
(37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Have you ever heard people talking about the martyr Saint Valentine on the 14th of February, or honoring his memory? I have never! Although some people just want to do something special for a friend or family member. What you usually hear people talking about is who they are going to go out on a date with, or what they are going to do with their boyfriend/girlfriend. That in itself speaks for the lascivious aspect of Valentine’s day. We already know that “marriage is honorable”(Hebrews 13:4). But, what if I told you that Valentine’s day is affiliated with other gods besides the Most High God.
Lupercalia is a feast celebrated just a day after Valentines day, placing the two close together was supposedly a calculated political move of the Christian Church in order to appeal to the pagan part of society. The festival lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to the god Faunus of agriculture. The pagan festival involved sacrificing a goat, the goat’s hide was cut into strips and dipped in blood, crops and women were slapped with it, it was said to bring fertility.
At the end of the 5th century, the pope Gelasius declared February as Valentines day, or Saint Valentine’s day. Only later on was the day associated with love.
This is not a day ordained by God.
Children are a gift from the Most High, it can be difficult for someone who is struggling with fertility but the Lords’ will is righteous, turning to rituals ,abominable to God, is not the remedy.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Righteous women in the bible who were unable to bear children called upon the Almighty God, who formed the womb. Our foremother Hannah for example.
I Samuel 2:5-8
(5)They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.(6)The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.(7)The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
(8)He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
Hannah was teased by other women because she was unable to have children, She called upon the Lord and he answered her call. The women who had lots of children had become weak and feeble, while Hannah was blessed with seven children. For generations we have called upon the Lord for he is our helper, festivals like lupercalia are customs of the heathen that we are commanded not to learn.
Jeremiah 10:1-2 (1)Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:(2) Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
I Thessalonians 5:22-23 (22) Abstain from all appearance of evil.(23) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will all appear before the throne of the most High for judgment, to give account for the deeds that we have done in this body. How many of us want to appear blameless? This holiday is pagan. Additionally, the way we present ourselves is important, it would not make sense to declare Jesus Christ our Lord and savior and keep an ungodly holiday.
Acts 5:29 (29)Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
It is so imperative that we obey God’s laws, first and foremost. The most High is our God and Jesus, our King. God did not command us to keep this holiday and Jesus (our example) did not keep any other celebration besides the ones written in the scriptures. You can find some of the God ordained holidays in the book of Leviticus chapter 23.
John 10:22-23 (22)it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
Matthew 26:1-2 (1)And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,(2)Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Our Lord and savior kept the scriptural holidays. He was in Jerusalem for the feast of Dedication and the feast of Passover before his crucifixion. Let us not forget that this is the only man ever that walked the face of the Earth without sin. So we ought to follow in his footsteps.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (21) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Finally brethren, we ought to, we are commanded to prove all things, are they of God or satan the Devil, is it one of his wiles or something true and virtuous? Let’s continue to offend less everyday, and when the Lord shows us our secret faults forsake them forever and praise his Holy name for his everlasting mercy! Hold fast, keep the faith. Shalom.
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