THE MESSAGE OF ST. VALENTINE – Awe Hilary

The following is the account of Brother PROVERBS, about a man and woman, who he saw from his window several years back. Brother PROVERBS, in his usual habit, tells this story every day, and today being Valentine’s day is no exception.

Bro. PROVERBS: For at the window of my house, I looked through my casement, and beheld a young man walking through the streets, and behold he suddenly encountered a woman.

The following conversation ensued between the man and woman;

WOMAN: Hi handsome

MAN: Hello beauty, I love the red dress

WOMAN: Thanks, its Prada.

MAN: Great. What is this beauty doing on my street today?

WOMAN: I came to diligently seek thy face, and I am glad that I found you

MAN: Really? Have you been crushing on me?

WOMAN: More than that. Today is Valentine’s day, and I have come with peace offerings. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloe, and cinnamon.

MAN: Wow, all for me?

WOMAN: Today is a day of love, come let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

Bro. PROVERBS: With her much fair speech, she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

…….He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till the dart strikes through his liver; as a bird hasteteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life…..(The account of PROVERBS 7:1-27).

The book of PROVERBS referred to the above mentioned man, as a man devoid of understanding.

There are many who have not paid particular attention to the story of St. Valentine, hence they consciously carry out actions, which likens their personality to the bird that hastens to the snare, not knowing that it is for their life.

When there is no information, there is no knowledge, which results to lack or absence of understanding. The absence of understanding makes one vulnerable to the snare.

As the world celebrates St. Valentine’s day, there are three important points I would like to raise, and this should change our orientation of how St. Valentine’s day should be celebrated, against the norm of sexual immorality and other vices, which are becoming prevalent in our society today. These points are:

1. Who was St.Valentine?

2. What did he stand for?

3. Why is he celebrated?

It is however imperative that all who celebrate this day, ask themselves these fundamental questions aforementioned, because the answers to these questions will definitely change their perspective and orientation with respect to their mode of celebration.

St. Valentine was a priest, who was born in Interamna, in AD 226, and died on the 14th of February 269. [1] He was executed because he refused to renounce Jesus Christ, and for the role he played in evangelizing the gospel of Christ, even in the face of persecution.

He was Holy Ghost filled and performed several miracles, including the restoration of the sight of the adopted blind daughter of Judge Asterius, through the power of God. This singular act made Judge Asterius to destroy all the idols around his house, and releasing all the christian inmates who were under his jurisdiction. The Judge did not stop there, himself and his forty (40) member family (family members and servants), gave their life to Jesus Christ, and were baptized.

St. Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to evangelise, and was sent to the prefect of Rome, to the emperor claudius Gothicus (Claudius II) himself. [1] The fearless evangelist tried to convince the emperor to accept Jesus Christ, but the emperor refused, and condemned St. Valentine to death. Gothicus (Claudius II) offered St. Valentine the option of renouncing his faith and be free from execution, but the priest refused, hence St. Valentine was executed outside the Flaminian gate, Feb 14, 269. [1]

Moreover, it was also recorded, that before his execution, he wrote a note to the emperors daughter, and at the end of the note were the words “from your Valentine”.

However, these historical facts, give credence to the fact that St. Valentine had strong christian values, he fought for the faith and defended it. His life was a product of love even unto death, and his message was the gospel of salvation.

Therefore, the celebration of St. Valentine’s day, should reflect the Love of God which was replicated in the life of St. Valentine, and like the priest, believers should understand that we are duty bound to act as conduits through which the love of God flows into the world.

The current narrative which suggests St. Valentine’s day, as a day for the promotion of whoredom, is a ploy by satan and his agents to conceal and downplay the true meaning of love which can only be found in Jesus Christ.

However, as you put on that red dress or red suit, let the story of Bro. PROVERBS (PROVERBS 7:1-27) stick in your brain, that you do not fall into the snare set by the devil for the children of men on this day.

Moreover, as we celebrate St. Valentine’s day, let us also remember our faithful Martyrs who have died as a result of their firm belief in Jesus Christ.

May the souls of Rev. Lawan Andimi, Michael Nnadi, Ropvil Daciya Dalep, and all other Martyrs of Christ, rest in peace, amen.

God bless you, and do have a Holy celebration.

#TheMessenger

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Reference

1. http://www.wikipedia.org