23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
As I write this, St. Valentine’s Day is approaching.
Do you know who Valentine was?
Valentine was a man who was killed by the Roman Empire on February 14 in 269 or 270. Why?
His biggest crime was helping Christians get married (which makes St. Valentine’s Day make some more sense). At that time, Christianity still was not recognized as a legal, and, in fact, it was illegal for Christians to marry.
It was also illegal for Christians to do many things.
Valentine, on the other hand, loved God more than he loved the Roman Empire.
Learned and Spoken
The more Valentine learned the love of God for people, the more he had to share it.
The closer his heart got to the heart of God, the more spoke up for people society said were worthless.
The more he attained of God’s wisdom in his heart, the more he spoke of the need for peace and grace.
The more wisdom taught his heart of God’s purity, the more he taught chastity to single men and women.
Valentine taught what he knew: God’s love and grace for all people at all times.
Will you be my Valentine?
Do you think you can live like Valentine?
It is really quite simple: Love everyone.
This is accomplished by letting the love and wisdom of God fill your heart, and “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45, ESV).
Let the love and wisdom of God flow through and out of you to reveal to others the truth of God’s love. There is no greater learning you can get. As Valentine would attest.
Loving God, teach us to be wise by Your standard: to learn to love as You love; to share Your words of love; to show love to all people.