How Christians Should Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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1. Stand up for the truth and proclaim the Gospel of God’s love 
I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O LORD, You Yourself know.
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your loving kindness and Your truth
From the great assembly.

Sometimes it is dangerous to stand up against injustice, hatred, and prejudice.
Sometimes it is difficult to oppose the world’s view of things.
Sometimes it’s difficult to proclaim the truth of God’s Love.
But that is what St. Valentine did!
And that is what we are called to do!
1 Cor. 1:18 says:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing…

So we can expect opposition from the unsaved!

Our message is foolishness to them!
It’s not always going to be easy to stand up for Jesus!
It won’t always be easy to tell of His love!
But that doesn’t give us an excuse for remaining silent!

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. A

Paul explains how boldness to proclaim the truth comes to us.
Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. It was Holy Spirit power and agape love for Jesus that transformed a band of scared disciples on the day Jesus was crucified into a bold team of Gospel proclaimers.

According to tradition,

all of Jesus’ disciples except John

died horrible deaths rather than deny their Lord.

They all went out under dangerous conditions…

to spread the Gospel.
Paul wrote a letter of encouragement to Timothy.
2 Tim. 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, Paul tells Timothy to not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord!
And then he tells Timothy what he might have to face!
“share with me in the sufferings for the gospel”
Not everyone we speak to about Jesus will want to hear it!
Some people may try to stop us!
Some people may choose to avoid us!

Now, let me make one thing very clear!
We should be willing to tell people about Jesus!
But we should never try to ram it down their throats!
Jesus said in John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Unfortunately, many Christians think they are doing right
By running around shaking their judgmental fingers
At lost sinners!
They hit people over the head with a bunch of Bible verses
Trying to convince them that they are going to hell
If they don’t change their ways!
We should never try to lead them to Christ by being mean-spirited and hateful!
The Gospel is a message of Love!
God loves the sinners!
Jesus loves them so much He was willing to die for them!
But you won’t convince them that the Gospel is true..
And that God really does love them…
If they don’t see some love in you!

2. Die to self for the sake of others.
John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Jesus says that genuine love is seen in a person
Willing to lay down his life for his friends.

We may never ever get a chance to die for another person!
However, every day we do get opportunities to die to self.
We are presented with many situation
to sacrifice our wants for the wants of another.

1 John 3:16
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Jesus said in John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Now again, this doesn’t have to be confined to actually dying for another person!
It can also mean sacrificing your wants for the needs of others!
It can just as easily mean placing other people’s feelings above your own!

Galatians 2:20 says:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Paul explains further in Galatians 5:24
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
The old carnal nature within us that causes us to be selfish people must be crucified!
The Holy Spirit within us persuades us to think of others!

Ephesians 5:2 says:
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. You can not “walk in love” and be selfish at the same time!

3. Give your life to Jesus
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Alright. We claim to believe in Jesus and so we are saved!

But are we loving people?

1 John 4:8-9 says:
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

If we are truly living through Him then we will walk in love!

1 John 4:16
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

If we have given our lives to Jesus then we will abide in Him!

To give your life to Jesus means becoming a new creature!

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

A truly “born again” Christian wants to please Jesus!

1 John 5:3 says:
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

And what commandments is this talking about?

1 John 3:23
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

So, we believe in Jesus as the Son who came to save us through His death on the on cross of Calvary and we choose to love one another!

This “love” that the Bible talks about…
Is the sacrificial “agape” love.
That desires nothing but the best for others!
God is love and the source of true love.

Finally, God loved us enough to die for us!
St. Valentine loved God enough to die for God’s Truth.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to commit or recommit your life to Jesus?

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