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Those Three Little Words We All Want to See

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted June 26, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

They had enjoyed a wonderfully romantic dinner. She just knew this was the night she would hear those three little words she wanted to hear so desperately. After all, they had been together for several months and the relationship was moving along nicely.  As the evening progressed, she found herself becoming increasingly impatient. Was he going to say it? As the dinner came to an end, in a fit of frustration she cried out, “Honey, just let me hear those three special words I know you want to say.”  Without hesitation, her man raised his hand, motioned to the waiter and said, “Separate checks please.”

Those three little words—we all know what they are. “I love you” is one of the most frequently used phrases in all of the English language. And of course, there are different levels of meaning assigned to this phrase. When I tell my wife that I love her it means something different from when I say it to my three dogs. I have many loves in my life: I love my family, my church, my dogs, and a variety of things that begin with “cheese” and end with “cake.”

So how do we determine the intensity meant when we use these three little words especially, when they are directed towards the Lord? It is easy to say we love God. The words flow from our lips and are pleasing to our ears. We can say we love God and know Him deeply or we can proclaim our love for a God we are only vaguely familiar with. So how is our love for God measured? How can we evaluate the level of love we have for the Lord?
I know a number of people who truly love the Lord but are failing in their daily lives to offer proof of that love. Now, this is not self-righteous judgment. This comes from a realization that if we say we love the Lord we should then carry that love in a responsible way. The verbal expression of love for God may demonstrate our commitment to Him but it is our lifestyle that makes that commitment believable to others. I am not talking about just what we do or don’t do. Our statement of commitment to the Lord is proven by the action of responsibility. We carry our faith responsibly when our love for God is changing our lives.

There are many statements in the Bible where the Lord says, “If you love me…” Most of these statements are followed by a request for action. For example, If anyone loves Me, he will keep my Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.  (John 14:23)  In other places He says that if we love Him we will love one another as He has loved us. This simply means that as we express our commitment to Him, we must also become responsible for that commitment by the way our lives are being changed by Him.

Let me bring the illustration close to home. Husbands, we can say we love our wives and yet, never demonstrate we have become responsible for the commitment we say we have. The Bible tells us to love our wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it.  (Ephesians 5:25)  It’s not enough to merely say it; we are asked to demonstrate it by selfless action. I believe most people want to know the joy of being responsible for their commitment to the Lord. It’s sometimes hard to put your finger on what’s missing from our relationship with Him. The one thing you may be missing is moving your verbal commitment for Christ over to a responsible lifestyle that demonstrates your commitment.

Let me suggest a few things. Don’t drop your children off for Sunday School so you can go get your shopping done. Park the car and come in with them. Telling your children you love the Lord while you go into church with them is more responsible than sitting in the recliner while they walk out the door. Fathers, let your family pass by your room and see you on your knees beside the bed praying. Mothers, dust off the Bible and read it to your family. Teach love for God in word and in action.  Add some responsibility to the commitment—the joy you gain is worth it.  See you Sunday!

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