Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

Expressing Love

How do you trust that someone who says “I love you” really means it?

A friend asked this question because the phrase is used often. She mentioned that someone she barely knows wrote “I love you” on her facebook wall.

1 Corinthians 13 tells us love is:

  • patient
  • kind
  • does not envy
  • does not boast
  • is not proud
  • does not dishonor others
  • is not self seeking
  • is not easily angered
  • keeps  no record of wrongs
  • does not delight in evil
  • rejoices in truth
  • always protects
  • always trusts
  • always hopes
  • always perseveres
  • love never fails

That is quite a list to live up to isn’t it?

My Valentines Day encouragement to you is this:

God is everything on that list to you.  Jesus demonstrated every bit of this love while He lived among us.

He loves me. Say that out loud now – Jesus Loves ME!

1 John 4:10 saysThis is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

I’m SO grateful that He loves me perfectly. And He loves me through incredible people who demonstrate many of the above list.  And the level of JOY in my life quadrupled when I learned to stop looking for “perfect” love from a human being. Truth be known, I’m not the perfect love giver either.

The “I love you’s” from others are nice to hear, healing, and needed. And we can take them to the bank when they are backed up by actions listed in 1 Corinthians 13.  But His immeasurable goodness towards you and me is more than we will find in one person. More than we can dream up. Better than we can imagine. We can spend the rest of our life discovering the expression of His love toward us.

How has God uniquely and personally revealed His love to you? Was it a scripture? Did He use a person to demonstrate a particular action from the list? Please share your experience. I know it will encourage us all.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.