Do you make your love known? Do those who mean the world to you know exactly how you feel about them? It is important to ask this question to yourself from time to time because many times those whom we love the most we also take for granted the most. We don't fully realize or understand that they can be taken away from us or we from them at any moment in life. The relationships that mean the most to us should be cherished, relished and our feelings for them should be made evident frequently, often and every chance we get. Why should we make our love known? I believe it is because people need to know that they are loved and appreciated. We might say “Of course they know that I love them”, but do they really? Have you given a compliment, bought a special gift, spoken words of gratitude and appreciation and made your love evident? If the answer is no, then I would encourage you to see where you can change and purposefully make your love known. (James 4:14) (Philippians 2:3)
Imagine how special and joy filled you would feel if your spouse or family member sat you down for a moment and really shared how special you were to them. Wouldn't you really appreciate their kind gesture? Knowing that we would love to be shown love, we should be that much quicker to share our love with those who mean the world to us. Another thing that we must remember and keep in mind is that love implied isn't really a love that is shared. Thinking that our loved ones know how we feel about them does nothing to make them know how special they are to us. That is why we should do our absolute best to never leave any doubt in the hearts and minds of those whom we cherish the most. (John 13:34-35) (Romans 12:10)
What can you do and how can you do it? I believe if you can write down the five things that you appreciate the most of the people who mean the most to you and sit them down for a few moments sharing your list of love, I believe you will make an impact greater than you can think or imagine. A simple gift to go along with it won't hurt either. I encourage you again to go the extra mile, speak words of praise and blessing and do all that you can to make your love known so that there will never be a question or a doubt in their heart when they think of you. (Philippians 2:2-3)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to lead your life with love each and every day so that when this life comes to an end, you will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those whom you loved the most.
A LOVE THAT CHANGES
Just as the delivery van pulled away from the florist, the manager came running out. There was a cancellation on one of the orders, and he needed it back.
“Which one?” asked the driver.
“The one that reads 'Darling, I will love you forever.'”
When we “fall in love,” who doesn't feel that it will last forever? But we change. And as we do, our love changes, too.
Do you remember the touching interchange between Tevye and Golde in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”?
“Do you love me?” Tevye asked his wife.
“Do I what?” Golde responded.
“Do you love me?”
“Do I love you? With our daughters getting married and this trouble in the town, you are upset, you are worn out, go inside, go lie down, maybe its indigestion.”
“Golde, I'm asking you a question. Do you love me?”
“You're a fool.”
“I know, but do you love me?”
“For twenty-five years I've washed your clothes, cooked your meals, cleaned your house, given you children, milked the cow. After twenty-five years, why speak of love right now? I'm your wife,” she said.
“But do you love me?”
Now Golde becomes reflective. “For twenty-five years I've lived with him, fought with him, starved with him. Twenty-five years my bed is his. If that's not love, what is?”
“Then you love me?”
“I suppose I do.”
“It's nice to know.”
And it IS nice to know, for twenty five years is a long time. Time enough for things to change. Time enough to quit.
My wife and I were married when we were young. And I have to say, I don't love her like I used to. I've changed, and so has she. Enough years will do that. We've been through ups and downs. We grew older. And my feelings for her grew older, too.
The relationship feels more secure now. I think it is a better love than years ago – more enduring. More solid. Like the two of us, our love grew up.
And maybe she could live the rest of her life without saying, “I love you.” I know how she feels. But she says it anyway.
And it's nice to know.
By Steve Goodier
Fiddler On The Roof - Do You Love Me
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”
1 John 4:7-9 “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. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: LOVE IN THE HOME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry