Words from the Heart for Sunday February 14th, 2021
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)
But Have Not Love
Around the year 1380, the English poet Chaucer wrote a poem for the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. This is thought to be the first association between celebrations of romantic love and St. Valentine’s Day on February 14. The connection remained important throughout the middle ages. In the mid-19th century, there was an increase of interest in Valentine’s Day, first in the United States, then in Canada. It was promoted by manufacturers of paper lace and cards as a means of increasing their sales.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the day for romantic love. When it comes to describing love, the English language is limited. The ancient Greeks had six words for love. Valentine’s Day love would be eros. The Greek word for love that the Bible uses to describe the love of God is agape. C.S. Lewis described agape as “gift love.” Jesus is the perfect example of agape – He is the gift sent from the Heavenly Father by which we have eternal life. Once we have received the gift of eternal life, once we have experienced agape – we are called to live out agape towards others. It is desperately needed. In an online article on the Greek words for love, Yes Magazine says this: “There is growing evidence that agape is in a dangerous decline in many countries. We urgently need to revive our capacity to care about strangers.” Offer agape love today.
These have been words from the heart.