Show It, And Say It- Love.

Have you ever asked yourself: “is there a need to say “I love you” to a loved one?”. Like, isn’t it enough to try and show love? Is it necessary to say it?

How I (and most people) was raised didn’t engender the habit of saying those words. I’ve been trying to make changes, but still, I have to mentally psych myself (you can do this John ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช), or take some deep breaths (you’d think I was about to propose ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…), before I eventually force the words out in speech or text, even to family. So yes, I’ve wondered how necessary it is to say it. I mean, if it wasn’t necessary, life would be a whole lot easier for me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I think it’s important to first of all unequivocally state, that there is a need for Love to be shown. As someone said, Love not shown is not known. Sometimes, especially when dealing with family, we tend to do all sorts of unlovely things, and then conveniently put them under the umbrella of Tough Love. More important than saying the words, is showing the Love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 is a never-failing, everlasting litmus to gauge the kind of Love we send out to family, friends, and “Neighbours”.

Now back to our original question. We know it’s necessary to ALWAYS show Love, how necessary is it to say the words? God always shows us His Love. Always, every day. But judging from the number of times He speaks to us through the Bible, on how He loves us, and how He cares for us, I’d say it’s quite important that we say these words from time to time. Saying the words don’t take away the need to show Love, they merely reinforce the Love that you, by God’s Grace, show daily.

Jeremiah 31:3
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

This has to be the most poignant verse that speaks of Him declaring His Love for us. A few more examples belowโ€ฆ

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 15:13
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

In this kind of world that we live in, saying and showing love may be complicated, and downright difficult sometimes. But again, we must consider the example of Jesus. He 100% knew how humanity was going to respond to the Love He lavishly displayed, yet He chose to give us all a benefit of a doubt; he chose to die for all of humanity anyway.

You don’t 100% know how the people around you will respond to the Love of God you show, they might just decide to receive God’s Love into their lives too. Show Love. And when necessary, say it.