“I am almighty God, and I so love each person I have and will create that I came down to the earth in the person of my son, Jesus Christ. Whoever accepts his gift of deliverance from the eternal fire will live with me forever. I did not come to the earth to condemn you but to save you.”
LOVE’S PUREST EXPRESSION
“As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he WEPT over it and said, “If you people only knew that I bring you peace, but it is hidden from your eyes. The days are coming when your enemies will construct blockades against you and encircle and confine you on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and your children. You choose not to heed or recognize my warning…and I weep for you.”
“As Jesus continues into Jerusalem, the whole city is curious and asks, “Who is this?” Jesus enters the temple area and drives out all buying and selling. He overturned their tables and benches. “It is written.” he said to them, “My house is a house of prayer; you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
Our Father in heaven sees and hears everything happening in our personal lives across the globe. He has forewarned us of what is to come, much of which we have and will continue to experience. As Jesus WEPT over what he observed entering Jerusalem, he continues to WEEP over all that is happening in our present global tyranny.
Today is February 14, Valentine’s day, depicted as a symbolic day of LOVE. Its origin could not be farther from the truth. The Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Men sacrificed a goat or a dog, then whipped women with the hides of these animals.
These so-called ROMAN ROMANTICS were drunk and naked. The women would line up to be whipped, believing this would make them fertile.
This brutal affair included a lottery where men drew a woman’s name from a jar. They would be coupled with that woman for the duration of the feast.
Ancient Romans are responsible for the name of our modern Valentine’s day. Emperor Claudius II executed two men named Valentine on separate occasions on February 14 in the third century. Their martyrdom has been celebrated in religion as St. Valentine’s day.
God’s LOVE held in contrast against the brutal origins of a DAY OF LOVE compel our hearts to comprehend the depth of compassion that would cause him to WEEP for each of us.
May each of us heed the call to stand against any form of desecration of our individual lives and that of our fellow citizens, as Jesus did in the temple.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save WE that are LOST.”
“GOD IS LOVE”
I John 4:8
Friday, February 14, 2023
Sally Darlene Cooper