“I love you.”
These may be the three most important words in the English Language.
They’re often the first words we speak to our newborn children and the last words we utter from deathbeds to our families. They’re the words that can signify a turning point in romantic relationships and the words we often use to express our feelings to those who matter most to us. They’re the words that ultimately define our marriages, our friendships, our families, our faith and our lives.
These three little words are packed with power!
Sadly, anything with power can be misused and abused. It’s the same with Love. Many will attempt to twist and distort the true meaning of love to manipulate others, exploit others for selfish gain or fuel unhealthy, codependent relationships. The concept of love has been hijacked, cheapened and distorted by many and it’s time we reclaim it!
Below are four distinct truths that should all be expressed and meant each time you use the words, “I love you.”
Next time you say, “I love you,” remember that you are really communicating these four separate truths all at once:
1. I am committed to you.
Love, but its very definition, is rooted in commitment. Love is so much more than a feeling. It’s a choice to stand by someone through all the ups and downs of life; for better or for worse, no matter what!
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7