any of you tell me what day tomorrow is? Thatís right itís
Valentineís Day. If a person is your
Valentine that means they are the one you love the best! Now,
can anyone tell me how Valentineís Day
There was a priest by the name of Valentine. He lived in Rome
about 250 AD. That was a long, long time ago! At that time, Rome
was ruled by an emperor by the name of Claudius. Some people
called him Claudius the Cruel. St. Valentine didn't like Emperor
Claudius, and he wasn't the only one! A lot of people felt the
same way. Claudius wanted a big army. He thought men
should volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in
wars. They did not want to leave their wives and girlfriends.
So, not many men signed up to fight. This made Claudius mad.
So do you know what he did? He had a crazy idea that if men were not
married, they would not mind joining his army. So Claudius
decided not to allow any more marriages.
Young people thought his new law was really cruel. Valentine thought
it was ridiculous! One of his favorite jobs as a priest was to
Well after Emperor Claudius passed his law, he kept on performing
marriage ceremonies Ė but secretly. He
would whisper the words of the ceremony, while listening for soldiers
on the steps outside. One night, he did hear footsteps.
The couple he was marrying escaped, but he was caught He was
thrown in jail and told that his punishment was death. St.
Valentine tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what happened?
Many young people came to the jail to visit him. They threw
flowers and notes up to his window. They wanted him to know that
they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the
daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit
him in his cell. They often sat and talked for hours. She
believed he did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and performing
marriage ceremonies. On the day he was to die, he left her a
note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. He signed it,
"Love from your Valentine."
That note started the custom of exchanging love notes on Valentine's
Day. It was written on the day he
died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people
remember. But most importantly, they
think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor
Claudius, they remember how he tried to
stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that
love can't be beaten!
You know love is very important. The bible tells us in, 1 John 3:18 My
children, our love should not be only
words and talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that
love by what we do. St. Valentine backed up his belief with action.
He continued to perform marriage ceremonies even though he knew he
could die for doing it. And he is not the only one. God
showed His love for us before we were even born. John 3 verse 16
tells us, John 3:16ďFor God loved the world so much that he gave his
only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be
lost, but have eternal life. He sent His only son to be tortured to
death so that each and every one of us could live in heaven with Him
forever. He did this for every one of us, before we were even
born. Our words have to match our actions if we really mean them.
Romans 5 verse 8 tells us, Romans 5:8 But Christ died for us while we
were still sinners. In this way God shows his great love for us. But
how do we show our love for Him? The Bible tells us lots of ways
we can show God our love, since he has first loved us. When we listen
carefully to what the Bible tells us, we learn that we can love God
best by loving other people. This is something that Brother __________
often says when preaching the sermon to the whole congregation. Do you
think the people in our congregation agree when they hear the pastor
say that we need to show our love to God by loving other people? (Let
them answer.) I do too. I think everybody here agrees with that.
Sometimes they tell the pastor that. They say, "That was a good
sermon, Brother _______. You are exactly right. We really do need to
treat other people with love."