At Valentine’s Day, we see a lot of red– red candies, red clothes, red cards, etc. Shades of red have long represented love and passion to many cultures.
I think the color red symbolizes the love of God very well. We have heard and read of the Passion of Christ. Have you ever asked yourself what that means? Passion comes from the Latin word pati, which means “to suffer”. Today, passion has come to mean “an intense emotion or desire”. In His passion for our souls, Jesus suffered on a cross and died… shedding His blood. The source of His human life ran from His veins in rivulets of red.
This Valentine’s Day, remember that love isn’t an emotion or a feeling. It’s an act of sacrifice, and it hurts. Love can be a hard thing to do– a painful thing to do. But if our Jesus was willing to bear the pain of His love for us, who are so wicked and undeserving, how much more ought we to love one another? Love is blood-red. Remember that.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16 (KJV)
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” ~John 13:34-35 (KJV)