Love Like Jesus
A quick google search shares that Valentine's Day, February 14 has been celebrated since 496 AD. It appears there may have been up to 3 St. Valentines in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Nonetheless, the story leads us down a St. Valentine who was known for his love of God, mankind, and romance.
AGAPE: This certain Priest was supposedly beheaded by the Roman Emperor for failing to denounce Christ. It is said that he even attempted to convert his capture even to the point of death, exemplifying AGAPE, the unconditional love of God.
PHILIA: This same St. Valentine was also reported to have the love of mankind so much so that even when jailed for professing his love for God, he prayed for the healing of the daughter of his jailer (whom was healed), despite the jailors role in his captivity.
EROS: Lastly, Priest Valentine supposedly was a proponent of EROS, as he secretly married couples despite the decree from the Emperor. The Emperor had denied marriage to his soldiers so that they may focus on war, but St. Valentine believed in the romantic and physical love of EROS.
St. Valentine is celebrated once a year for his heroic efforts in support of Love. But The Love of our Savior Jesus Christ is one that should be celebrated and exemplified more so daily. Jesus, being in the form of God, and thought it not robbery to be equal to God (Philippians 2:6), stooped to be man for our sake. There is no greater love than this than for a man to lay down His life for His friend (John 15:13), yet God so loved us that He gave His only begotten son (John 3:16), and echoes romantic love as He calls on men to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Christ is the perfect poster-child for Love.
As you celebrate this valentine's day with your loved ones, remember to Love like Jesus, and also thank Him for first loving you.