Second, declare the truth about God's love even if it costs yousomething. Third, become a servant to those you love, rather than demandingthat your needs be met. According to pastor Alex Stevenson, we allwant to hear the phrase, "Be my Valentine." It simply means "youare loved." This Valentine's Day, remember that you are loved. God loves youand wants you to be His valentine. The love that God gives us is notlike the world's love. The world's love is only as sturdy as a paperValentine's card. But God's love is not a flimsy, cheap imitation: it isthe real thing. It is an all-giving love that was and is willing to sufferand die for our deliverance.Will you be God's valentine? It is your choice. Say yes and give toGod the love He desires. And when you do, remember the firstValentine and how he gave everything, including his life, to the Godhe loved.
a.A sentimental or humorous greeting card sent to a sweetheart, friend, or family member, for example, on Saint Valentine's Day. b.A gift sent as a token of love to one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day.2.A person singled out especially as one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day.[After Saint
.]WORD HISTORY Lovers and the greeting card industry may have Geoffrey Chaucer tothank for the holiday that warms the coldest month. Although reference books aboundwith mentions of Roman festivals from which Valentine's Day may derive, Jack B. Oruchhas shown that no evidence supports these connections and that Chaucer was probablythe first to link the saint's day with the custom of choosing sweethearts. No such link has been found before the writings of Chaucer and several literary contemporaries who alsomention it, but after them the association becomes widespread. It seems likely thatChaucer, the most imaginative of the group, invented it. The fullest and perhaps earliestdescription of the Valentine's Day tradition occurs in Chaucer's
Parlement of Foules,
composed around 1380, which takes place
"on Seynt Valentynes day,/Whan every foul cometh there to chese [choose] his make [mate]."