I Really Love You

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the card section at Walmart and I saw this older gentleman looking for a card in the romantic section. I watched as he picked up a couple of cards, read them, and put them back. I could tell by the look on his face that he wasn't finding what he wanted. Finally, he picked up a card with flowers on the front. It probably said, "Roses are red, violets are blue," or something like that. He still didn't look like it was what he was looking for, but he put it in his basket and walked towards the check-out. I suppose he took it home and scrawled something simple on the bottom of it like, "Love, Pete," and he gave it to her. But it didn't say what he wanted it to say. Because, you know, it just isn't easy to say what matters most. It isn't always easy to say, "I really love you!" But I think she probably knew. There's just something about living with somebody for a long time and really knowing them. Some things just don't have to be said. Love says it.

You know, I think God tried all down through history to tell us what He really wanted us to know. And he sent his prophets and his teachers, and they tried. And we got part of it. We got the part about God's justice and His law. We got the part about how God is a Holy God and that we aren't very holy. Oh, but the part that God really wanted us to know, the part that says, "I really love you!" we weren't getting. God seemed so far away. But He had a plan to send His love right down to us. He decided to send His Son as a helpless baby, so we would have to touch Him and hold him. The Bible says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). And as that baby was lying in the manger, or feeding the multitudes, or teaching by the lake, or hanging on the cross, He was saying louder than words, "I really love you!"

Have you grasped that love yet?

Pastor Sutherland

Thoughts inspired by and adapted from Gloria Gaither