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Just A Thought

Mahatma Gandhi the Indian Leader once said, "Where there is love, there is life." But what does love, or even life, mean to us and why do we celebrate the 14th of February as Valentine’s Day with such a focus on love? 

 Tradition has it that when imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor's blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl's blindness and that his final act before being executed on the 14th of February in the year 270 was to write her a love message signed 'from your Valentine'. 

 As Christians we look to Jesus who quite clearly answers all our questions on love and life. He was innocent of any sin, but so full of love and compassion for us, that even when He was nailed to that cross of crucifixion, called out, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23 v 34) That is true love. 

 An anonymous quote stated, "The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." And in Romans 5:8 the bible tells us that, “God commends His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” What should love and life mean to us? Jesus gave up His life for the love that He has for us, so that we could have eternal life. That is the true meaning of love and life.