“Who so findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22)
Embedded in many of our customs and holidays are a mixture of pagan and biblical principles. Saint Valentine’s Day is no exception. Mystery surrounds who Valentine really was. He was probably a priest martyred in 269 AD at Rome. Among Roman Catholics, he is called the patron saint of affianced couples, beekeepers, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people. He is one busy (and confused) man!
In the Western world, the emphasis is on human expressions of love and friendship. That is certainly important and, when guided by the biblical principles, a godly ardor worth commemorating.
Here are a few guidelines to remember this season:
- “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).
- “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).
- “See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22).
- “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
- “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).
Days of Praise Podcast is a podcast based on the Institute for Creation Research quarterly print devotional, Days of Praise. Start your day with devotional readings written by Dr. Henry Morris, Dr. Henry Morris III, and Dr. John Morris to strengthen and encourage you in your Christian faith.