If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you know 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 constitutes the Biblical definition of love.
The Biblical Definition of Love
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
In this post I’d like to share with you a new way of looking at “I Love You.” The perspective I’m about to share has stretched me—and continues to stretch me—as I grow into a deeper understanding of Godly love.Click To Tweet
Simple Secret? Rephrasing.
Learning to rephrase the Love Chapter has helped me better communicate God’s intent while putting substance to my “I Love You.” Consider this: instead of merely saying the words, “I love you,” practice replacing them with the following phrases.
Ways to Say “I Love You”
- I am and will be patient with you.
- I am and will be kind to you.
- I am and will be happy for you.
- I do and will humble myself before you.
- I am and will be pleasing to you.
- I am and will be there for you.
- I will not be easily offended.
- I am not and will not be keeping score in our relationship.
- I will not celebrate what God says is wrong but promise to celebrate the truth with you.
- I am and will be your confidant.
- I do and will take you at your word.
- I am and will be hopeful for the future.
- I will weather any storm with you.
- I will not give up on us!
I hope you see that rephrasing not only provides a fuller picture of God’s love, it also helps solidify in our hearts what Godly love is all about.
How do you say “I Love You?” I’d love to read your thoughts down in the comment section below. Want to talk this out? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Click To Tweet