“I Love You!”
What exactly does it mean to say to a human being “I love you!”? Can this statement be defined in such a way that anyone hearing these words knows what comes next? Has the word “love” been so used and abused that it is worn out as statement that makes us stop, take notice and expect something really good to happen?
I vote for John 3:16 as the most famous verse in the New Testament because it says what happens when God says He loves us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
In this verse “I love you!” is clearly defined by God’s willingness to give His Son.
There is no doubt that only “love” that goes on to say what comes next makes us stop and take notice. Should we even use the phrase “I love you!” without saying what comes next? Should we leave what comes next in doubt?
We could rescue the words “I love you!” by asking everyone who says “I love you!” to add a line saying what comes next.
“I love you and you will know it by my daily commitment to you for as long as we live.”
“I love you and you will know it by the 490 times I will forgive you.”
“I love you and you will know it by my constant attention to your needs.”
“I love you and you will know it by the daily gift of my attention.”
“I love you and you will know it by my support of your dreams.”
When God said “I love you!” and what came next was giving His Son, He said all that could be said about love. I vote for John 3:16 as the most famous verse in the Bible because in it Jesus God’s love is defined for all of us. Define your love by always saying what comes next.