It’s approaching Valentine’s Day. Most likely the words “I love you” are spoken more this time of year than any other.
Did you ever think about what it means to say “I love you”? The Bible tells us that love is patient and kind; not jealous, boastful, proud, rude, demanding, or easily irritated. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Biblically speaking, if I tell someone “I love you,” I’m saying that I see myself as living up to a very high standard with that person. Looking at it that way, saying “I love you” could almost be considered a bit prideful.
Perhaps a greater (and more appropriate?) compliment is for me to tell someone “You love me.” By doing so, I’m saying “I see your patience, your kindness, your humility, your faith and hope in me, and your loyalty to our relationship.”
Thankfully, there are family and friends for whom I have very special feelings. I think this Valentine’s Day season I’ll try something new. Instead of saying “I love you,” I’ll give those people a call, write a note, or send an e-mail with a different message. And as for that special someone in my life… I’ll gaze wistfully into her eyes and whisper sincerely: “You love me.”