I Love You!

This is probably the most commonly spoken, sung about or listened to phrase, but what is actually meant by it, does it mean come closer so that I can possess you, “Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly,” just let me take advantage of you, gain access to your assets, wealth, status, and just let me take take take?  Is ‘I Love You,’ in terms of endearment, compassion, giving and caring, embellishing and giving preeminence to, and that if we combine our talents and abilities as a cohesive unit, together we can accomplish so much more as a cohesive team.  One Draught Horse can pull 8,000lb, but a pair can together pull an enormous 32,000lb, which is some four times more as a cohesive team, rather than what one can pull going it alone.  Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”  “I Love You,” should actually be a reality, evidenced by caring and sharing, bearing burdens, and to uplift and to share a load, to do this, one must be on the same page, committed to the same thing, side by side, sharing the load, bearing the burden, love and compassion in a reality.  Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”  Amos 3:3 [Adapted] “Can two pull effectively together, except they be jointly agreed and aiming for the same goal?”   

James 2:14-18 “What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”  In this instance the “I Love You,” is in essence an insult, hurtful, and demonstrated no compassion or love in any way shape or form.  True love is building the other up, a helping hand, and uplifting, encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, pushing and encouraging them to greater heights above you, or to reach down and to lift them up to greater advancement and to a surer footing, someone to dance with in joyful exuberance.  Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Let us adapt this for a moment, Hebrews 11:1 [Adapted] “Now ‘Real Love’ is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things daily experienced and seen.”  So why do we let so much selfishness invade and to corrupt our lives, deeds, actions and words, so much so that it becomes, “the evidence of things not seen.”  Let pure and true ‘Love,’ be seen and experienced, it is a scarce commodity, Heaven has an abundant excess and is so willing to soak and to marinade you in ‘the Love of God,’ so why do so many cling to anger, hate, oppression, manipulation and control, when God abundantly offers freedom, compassion, and when God says “I love You,” then that is a reality, and loads of evidence is to be seen, but what transpires when we say, ‘I Love You?’  True love is a “Doing Word,” you are being given something, assistance, help, encouragement, a gift, a treasure, somebody’s heart and tender emotion, ‘True love’ is giving away, you cannot go to the store and buy some, it is a free gift of compassion from another person, and ‘True Love,’ is something of yourself that you give away, and you may never gain a return on investment, and you cannot control that, that is what “I Love You,” is all about, unconditional and exuberant giving.  If it is properly received and appreciated, then they will give you their love, it is not yours, it is their free will gift to you from their exuberance and grateful love.  

John 3:16 ERV “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life.”  Now to play with this verse in light of our Article we could so easily get this, John 3:16a ERV “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave.”  Real love is a doing, giving, caring, kindly compassionate, not expecting or demanding a return on investment, real love is just giving, even to the undeserving, who knows when they will ever get the ‘Real Love’ message and start to love instead of complain.  Now the receiver of ‘Real Love’ has choices, consume and be selfish, or to respond to this ‘Real Love’ and start to give abundantly as well.  “Give a Hug, one size fits all, and it is so easily exchanged.”  When real love is understood, experienced and appreciated, then a hug, thanks, a beaming smile are evidence that it was received, it set down roots in the life of the receiver, and now is flowering and blossoming, real love is contagious, and can spread faster than a cough or cold.  Then what does your “I love You” mean, is it giving or controlling and grasping?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ERV Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.”  But Never is Love=Lust, nor is Lust=Love.  Lust is not Godly, it is plainly sensual, devilish, evil and sinful, it is pure selfishness, lust is all about “Me,” what I can get, gain, possess and give nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:4a ERV Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous,” so when you speak or hear “I Love You,” is this wholesome and pure, Godly, or just something else, let our “I Love You” always be giving, caring, pure and wholesome, and really really mean it.      

1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”  Quote; “In the church of God today brotherly love is sadly lacking. Many who profess to love the Saviour do not love one another. Unbelievers are watching to see if the faith of professed Christians is exerting a sanctifying influence upon their lives; and they are quick to discern the defects in character, the inconsistencies in action. {AA 550} Quote; “Neither husband nor wife is to make a plea for rulership. The Lord has laid down the principle that is to guide in this matter. The husband is to cherish his wife as Christ cherishes the church. And the wife is to respect and love her husband. Both are to cultivate the spirit of kindness, being determined never to grieve or injure the other. {AH 106}   It has been said, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  If we adapt this we get, “If you were arrested for dispensing real love, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  What do you really mean when you say, “I Love You?”  Hebrews 11:1 [Adapted] “Now ‘Real Love’ is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things daily experienced and seen.” Quote; “Love cannot long exist without expression. Let not the heart of one connected with you starve for the want of kindness and sympathy. {AH 107}