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Jesus - Your true Valentine

In an era that is replete with social problems, the great Saint Valentine took up the challenge of spreading goodwill and friendship amongst people for the welfare of humanity in his time. What was set in motion then has withstood the ravages of time till today. Saint Valentine's Day continues to be celebrated with fervor by all sections of society and age-groups for the promotion of goodwill, fraternity and love amongst people.

The famous proverb says "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

Loneliness is not the cup of tea for anyone. We would like to be surrounded by friends, kith or kin. We long to have a good friend, spouse or a companion who can share with us, our happiness, sorrow, joy, laughter, anguish, anger, etc.

How does Bible define a friend? "A friend loves at all times" - Proverbs 17:17 "There is a friend who will stick closer than a brother" - Proverbs 18:24 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" - John 15:23

Can you find such a friend? Rarely, you may. Most of the time we come across fair weather friends, who remain loyal for a short period of time. Would you like to have a friend who comfort you when you cry, pick you up when you fall and soothe your bruises, be happy for you when you achieve something, and not be jealous of you. Someone to walk with and talk with you. Above all when you are in trouble, to vanish your problems with a magic wand.

You can find such a loyal friend in Jesus. All you have to do is accepting as your Savior and Lord. You may be a person who was searching for the true God. Jesus says, I am the way, the truth and the Life, No one goes to the Father expect through me. He has made a way for us that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life. If you believe in Him, the everlasting life and everlasting friendship can become yours.

Unlike your other friends, He loves you so much even before you were born. That is why he shed His blood on the cross. There was no way He could save you. When the ultimate price had to be paid through giving away His life, He did it lovingly. Bible says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 His sacrifice expresses His love for you. His love is something more than a friend's love. The whole world may forsake at critical situation or when you go wayward. Even your father and mother may forsake but Jesus will be with you (Psalms 27:10). He is a dependable friend. He listens to us when we cry in distress and in need (Psalms 145:18,19)

Now, you will have to reconsider your friendship with the world. The friends of this world will lead you to an invisible trap such as addiction to alcohol, pornography, abuse of drugs. Get away from such friends. Develop friendship with those who would lead you to righteousness.

Oh! What a friend we have in Jesus! The best valentine that we can ever find is Jesus.

I shall leave you with this wonderful song written by Joseph Medlicott Scriven in 1855. You can listen to this song all day long.

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WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He'll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Words by Joseph Medlicott Scriven, 1855
Music by Charles Crozat Converse, 1868

Scriven wrote this hymn to comfort his mother, who was across the sea from him in Ireland. It was originally published anonymously, and Scriven did not receive full credit for almost 30 years.

Converse originally named the score after the town of Erie, Pennsylvania. In World War I, the tune was paired with the words to "When This Bloody War is Over."

Happy Valentine's Day

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