Words from the Heart for Friday February 14th, 2020
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
Happy Valentine’s Day! It is unfortunate that for most people, the word “Saint,” that should precede the name Valentine, has been dropped by most. There are three St. Valentines that are associated with this date, all of them martyrs. One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa. The romance part for today predates Christianity – it was a pagan festival of love.
On Valentine’s Day, we usually talk about showing our appreciation to our “true love.” But we seldom take the time to understand what true love really is. The Bible gives a beautiful description in 1 Corinthians 13, the most common chapter of the Bible at Christian weddings. In 1 Corinthians 13:3 we have what is perhaps the best description of true love: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” In English we have just one word for love. The Greeks had three, and here we have a description of agape love – divine love. It is the true love of God for us, and it is how we are called to love others. We are called to be patient with others, and kind. There is no place in a loving relationship for being impatient and unkind. You cannot say you love someone and treat them with disrespect. Nor is there a place for envy, or pride. We are to humble ourselves before those we love, so that they can see the love of Jesus through us. Do they?
These have been words from the heart.