Valentine’s Day is a holiday that many believe is for lovers and some Christians believe it is pagan, but really they are both wrong. Valentine’s Day is really about a priest being a martyr for doing the Lord’s will and not the emperor of Rome. So February 14 was set aside, that a man of God died for his love and devotion to Jesus. Saint Valentine (San Valentino) was a 3rd-century priest and a physician, just like the author of Luke and Acts was too,(Colossians 4:14) Claudius II was emperor of Rome, and he had a hard time getting soldiers for the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire allowed new married men time off from service, but Claudius the second reversed the law and also forbid marriages. San Valentino was a citizen of the empire, but he was a priest for the Lord. He knew God’s words said marriage was good, so San Valentino would obey God and not Claudius II. Claudius II, the second found out San Valentino was performing weddings, so had him arrested. Judge Asterius sentenced Valentino to house arrest and relationship development between the two men. Mostly because Judge Asterius would question Valentino about Jesus, the priest used the opportunity to witness. Judge Asterius had adopted a daughter, but she was blind. He wanted to test the Lord that Valentine preached about and if Jesus was indeed God Almighty. So as an act of faith, Valentino laid his hands on the little girl’s eyes and said a prayer like this, “Lord Jesus Christ, enlighten your handmaid because you are God, the True Light,” when Valentino removed his hands, the little girl had eyesight. When Judge Asterius witnessed this miracle, he asked Valentino. How can he receive the true light of the Lord Jesus? Valentino’s reply was to throw away all your useless idols, repent, and be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Valentino was baptized, and not only himself but 44 members of his household because in the ancient world, the entire household did whatever the man of the house did as well. Judge Asterius also released Christian prisoners, but Valentino remained locked up because he was still performing marriages. Valentino’s testimony was he had unconditional love for God’s word, so he would not change his ways. On February 14, 269, Valentino’s execution was carried out, and his execution was not pretty either. He was beaten severely by clubs, and his head was chopped off. After his death, a note was found in his jail cell that was left to the little girl. “You are loved, sign your Valentine”. There was a holiday that was perverted in nature on February 14, but Valentine’s death for Christ was used to make a holiday to honor his love for the Lord. The Sovereign God, will take what the enemy meant of evil, and make good, for His glory. If you are a Christian and love God, use His word, like love letters, to let each other know, they are loved. God bless you all; the Lord Jesus, lover of my soul, cares for you, and so do I. His loving bondservant, Samuel J Head.
1 Corinthians 13:3 And if I give away all my possessions to charity, and if I surrender my body so that I may glory, but do not have love, it does me no good. 4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. 5 It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, 6 it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.