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Put it Away

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New Testament
Paul writing to address issues in the Corinthian Church

Valentine’s Story

On This Day February 14 (“Your Valentine”)

Two Valentines are actually described in the early church, but they likely refer to the same man — a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. According to tradition, Valentine, having been imprisoned and beaten, was beheaded on February 14, about 270, along the Flaminian Way.


1 Corinthians 13 CSB
If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.


Valentine shows us someone willing to die for love.

Out of long suffering love bears all things, whether they are burdensome or grievous, whether insults, lashes or even death.

This whole passage reflects the importance and value of love.
We get, from here, that true love is the greatest. Greater than even the best of food, though we cannot live without food.


If we do not love, why bother?


Love calls us to maturity in action
Love calls us to release anger from yesterday
Love calls us to hope
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