Vitamin #1 “I Love You”
John 13:34-35 The Message (MSG) “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognise that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
Last week I spoke about how the Family Vitamins are potent phrases that make a difference to our family relationships. They are words that when said have meaning and power in your child’s life, grandchild’s life, friends life or spouses life. They were:
Vitamin #1 “I love you”
Vitamin #2 “I need your love”
Vitamin #3 “I’m sorry I was wrong. Will you please forgive me?”
Vitamin #4 “May I help?”
Vitamin #5 “Thank You”
The first Vitamin: “I love you” :- We often use the word love to describe how we feel about a lot of things eg. I love chocolate or I would love to go on a holiday, but love is something we decide on, learn about and work on, a journey of self-discovery.
When it comes to saying I love you to a member of the family or a friend or a child, love is not something we hold back until everything is in perfect order and the feeling hits us. This can be hard after many years of marriage or when a child has been misbehaving. Robert Wolgemuth writes” I love you means that regardless of the circumstances, regardless of what has happened, you can count on me.” ‘I love you’ can also be a form of tough love. Sometimes we have to tell our spouses the truth or we need to discipline our children because we love them.
In whatever situation you find yourself in, ‘I Love you’ is meant to be said in full. For an adult or child whose love language is words of affirmation ‘I love you ____’ can fill their love tank and validate their importance in your life. What impact will you make this week in the life of someone you love?
Look them in the eye and say it in its entirety or else the vitamin won’t have that potency.