What Do You Mean When You Say “I Love You”?

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What Do You Mean When You Say "I Love You"?

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What Do You Mean When You Say "I Love You"?

This is something I write after every post. Maybe you may have once thought, “she writes it just for writing sake.” I would tell you if I do or not, so you don’t stress lol. Or maybe you’ve never asked if I genuinely meant it. If you’ve asked or not, I want you to know that I mean it.

Those 3 words are probably ranking top of the most misused words in the world, everyone uses them. Babies hear them a lot, we grow up hearing them and so they become quite normal to say. While growing up though, I used to hoard those words, I would only tell my family I loved them and if my friends were lucky, they’d get it in writing. In “relationships” though, even while I considered them precious words, I never felt the impact while saying them. This is because I never really understood what those words mean.

What Does I Love You Mean?

These 3 words, like every other sentence, has a subject, a verb and an object. What is a verb though? It is an action word. Interesting. This means just like ‘walk’, ‘ sit’, ‘go’, this word is supposed to carry out an action, it’s supposed to be seen or felt, and shown. No wonder we often here people say, “show me you love me”, or “if you do, prove it.” That is because love without action is empty.

We often here people say, "show me you love me", or "if you love me, prove it." That is because love without action is empty. Click To Tweet

God has shown us how He loves us from the beginning of time, and even till now He chases us down and we can describe this love as reckless. Another word to use would be prodigal. I love how the Message version puts the first words of John 3:16- “This is how much God loved the world…” He loved and still loves us- the sinners He died for, the ones He made alive. And when He commanded us to love, He said,

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV
As Christians, we are commanded to love. But do we love all our neighbours or just some of them? Do we love even those who have hurt us or only nice people? Click To Tweet

These aren’t mere words and as much as loving is dutiful, it is intentional. It isn’t just saying it or showing it cause “you’re meant to”, it is who we have become in Christ as Christians. We have to be truly intentional about it. As Christians, do we love all our neighbours or just some of them? Do we love even those who have hurt us or only nice people? Christ has given us a perfect example of what love is, nobody is expecting us to die…yet lol. But simple kind gestures are good enough.

There are people who don’t like Christians today, even fellow Christians, why? I don’t think there’s someone who would say they hate love when they’ve experienced it, except they got heartbroken, and it’s often the case when their partners don’t reciprocate it. Asides that, I do not think anyone hates love, because it is kind and patient and beautiful and tolerant. It makes you ignore another’s fault. This makes people say, most times, that love is foolish, but is it really? If LOVE Himself could ignore our wrongs and love us so recklessly, we can do the same since He lives inside of us.

Dear believer, I urge us to recognise Who we have on our insides and love intentionally, and like He does. Let those words have meaning and be seen in how we act. Read up 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 and replace the word “love” with your name, then try to live it. Selah!

______ is patient, _____is kind. _____ does not envy, ______ does not boast, ______ is not proud. ______ is not rude, _______is not self-seeking, _______ is not easily angered, _______ keeps no record of wrongs. _______ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. _______ always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

___ is patient, _____is kind. _____ does not envy, ______ does not boast, ______ is not proud. ______ is not rude, _______is not self-seeking, _______ is not easily angered, _______ keeps no record of wrongs. _______ does not delight in… Click To Tweet

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Anesii is a young woman on fire for Jesus. She uses her writing skills to blog about Jesus till Jesus is proclaimed to the ends of the earth.

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