Valentine’s Day- What is its significance?


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Love is supposed to be a daily celebration but today is special. Valentine’s Day is an annual event celebrated every February 14.

Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian Liturgical feast day to honor one or more early Saints named Valentinus.

Valentine’s Day is generally known as lover’s day

History has it that Saint Valentine was tortured, imprisoned, beaten, stoned and finally beheaded for performing marriage ceremonies against the command of Emperor Claudius the second and for standing for Christian marriages.

Judging from the historical account of Valentine’s Day, you can clearly see that it should be a celebration of selfless sacrifice, true love, unconditional giving and sharing, and promotion of family values.

However, these days, the way the youth celebrate Valentine’s Day shows an obvious deviation from the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.

There is a lot of sexual activity and abuse among the unmarried and singles.

The True Essence of Valentine’s Day:

Commitment, compromise and forgiveness are essential pillars in any successful relationship.

Today is one of the special days that married couples should use to renew their love and marriage vows for each other.

Reaffirm your commitment in the marriage. Identify and implement other areas you need to compromise for the growth of your marriage, and also choose to forgive yourselves more often.

For the singles, if you are in a toxic or unhealthy relationship, today is a perfect day to make up your mind and move on.

In addition, today is a day that both the married and the singles should reactivate the spirit of agape love, which is a selfless kind of love.

Saint Valentine sacrificed his life for the sake of love.

Ultimately, Jesus Christ, Who is Love personified, also sacrificed His life for humanity.

Valentine’s Day celebration should encourage us to take stock of our lives individually and work towards imbibing and reflecting this True love in our lives and the world at large.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


2 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day- What is its significance?

  1. Emeka Ihebie says:

    Incisive and wonderful perspective. Today is not all about sex alone. It is a day to refresh our love for others…especially our better halves!!!!

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