As you read the title to the blog what three words come to mind? Most likely it is these three words, I love you. These are some of the most powerful words in our language. They carry enormous emotion.
When I hear those three words from my Teresa, it brings me great joy. It is a renewal of support and commitment from a lifetime of being together. I never take them for granted. I never cease to be amazed at the fact that she loves me! I want her to hear me say those same words every day.
I also want my children and grandchildren to hear those words from me. They are not empty words. My grandchildren may get too old to want to hear that from Pop but I will continue to express my feelings toward them.
I love you. The Scriptures tell us GOD is love and we are to love one another (1 John 4:8). Jesus identified loving GOD and loving one another as the greatest of all commandments (Matthew 22:37-39). Paul said all of the law could be fulfilled in one word, love (Galatians 5:14). So indeed, these are powerful words.
Three little words.
But for today let’s consider other expressions. There are several three word expressions in the Bible. I have some of these expressions marked. They also carry tremendous meaning.
The Bible begins with “In the beginning…” The Bible comes to an end with the expression “come Lord Jesus.”
We have alluded already to the expression “GOD is love.” (1 John 4:8)
Oh how thankful I am for the love described in John 3:16 as, “GOD so loved…”
After spending most of the early part of the book of Romans describing the deplorable condition of sinful man, Romans 5:8 begins, “But GOD demonstrates…” A study of the word demonstrates indicates it is an ongoing process. Indeed, each and every day that I wake up, I share Jeremiah’s sentiment found in Lamentations 3. The LORD’S mercies are new every morning. God demonstrates His love for me every second of every day.
Hebrews 9:11 is a favorite of mine. It begins, “But Christ came…”
The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who were being persuaded to turn their back on the Messiah and return to Judaism. The early part of the book describes the Law of Moses and its inferiority to the New Covenant. But all of that changed when Christ came and died for the sins of man. But Christ came!
As much as I love to hear the three words, I love you, the three words I most want to hear are, “Come you blessed” taken from Matthew 25:34. To that end, I pray these three words, “help me GOD.”