Hello again, dear friends.
Long time no see.
Well, technically I never see you…
Anyway. Moving on.
I hope you’ve all been doing great!
I’m back in society (aka I’m back on Facebook).
No, it’s not January…again, let’s move on.
I’m sure you’re all dying to know the answer to the question I had posted almost a month ago, so here it is:
Most people don’t know that I can…eat lemons like candy.
It’s true, folks. I love lemons. Lemonade is my favorite drink. I even had a dream recently about eating lemons.
Now that we’re all caught up and you’re officially weirded out, I’ll for real move on.
This morning, Josh Groban was telling me his feelings about “when you say you love me.” It was very touching. Alright, technically he was singing his feelings. On the internet. And I just happened to be listening. But that’s simply a minor detail we can ignore. Anyway, I started thinking about the word “love.” Last night, my family read 1 Cor. 13–the beautiful description of love. When you look at that definition, the word “love” becomes pretty serious. Beyond all the lovie-dovie looks, fluffy feelings, and butterflies, love is serious. It’s hard. It takes work.
Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It is not rude
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices in the truth
Love always protects
Love never fails
That list is pretty intense. I was thinking this morning about the implications of telling someone you love them. The implications of hearing someone say they love you.
Saying “I love you” to me means you’re promising to do all those things even when you don’t feel like it.
Love is patient: You’re promising to be patient when I’m annoying
Love is kind: kind when I’m a brat
Love does not envy: content with me when others seem better
Love does not boast: humble when you’re dying to say “I told you so”
Love is not proud: acknowledge that God gets the glory for your accomplishments
Love is not rude: respectful when I’m being ridiculously irrational
Love is not self-seeking: put my needs ahead of your own
Love is not easily angered: stay calm when I mess up
Love keeps no record of wrongs: forgive and forget my mistakes instead of bringing them up to get the upper-hand
Love does not delight in evil: flee from pornography and the sexual sins that are so prevalent in our culture
Love rejoices in the truth: run to God’s Word and find delight in spending time with Him
Love always protects: defend me verbally and physically because you value my reputation
Love always trusts: give me the benefit of the doubt
Love always hopes: inspire me to expect the best when I expect the worst
Love always perseveres: fight for our marriage, knowing that God’s grace will sustain us
Love never fails.
When I say “I love you” back, I’m promising to do all those things for you.
I can’t imagine having a man love me enough to say that, mean it, and prove it.
But hey, I serve the God who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” and even though I know myself well enough to admit that I can be impossible to love at times, my God also says that “nothing is impossible” with Him.
So I look forward to one day hearing those words from a man after God’s own heart.
And being able to mean it when saying “I love you” back to him.
But until then, I’m so thankful that God said those words to me, meant them, and proved them.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s grace in my life today:
He continues to prove His love for me every day by pouring out grace, renewing His mercies for me every morning, and welcoming me as His daughter. He loves me and I know it. His love allows me to love Him back and love others.