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There's a time to say it

Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 11:53 AM

Therefore I urge you to tell him how much you love him.

2 Corinthians 2:8

As I got up to leave after visiting with a dear friend that I had known for thirty five years I noticed that he wasn't able to stand even though he wanted to. Although his mind was as sharp as a tack and his great sense of humor was not diminished at all, disease had rendered his body mostly unresponsive. As I reached out and took his hand I told him "I love you and am praying for you". He responded "I love you to, you know you were always like one of my own boys to me". It warmed my heart to hear it and as I left I wondered why we don't say it to each other more often? Are we too busy? Is it considered "not manly" in our culture? Do we just not care anymore? Do we think people don't need to hear it? Won't mean anything to them? It would be the last thing I would ever say to him. A few days later his son called me to tell me that dad had passed away suddenly in the night. As sad as I was at his passing I was so thankful that I got that last "I love you" in. The Bible admonishes us to "love one another" in many verses. Truth is that "loving one another" is the most important thing we do as believers one to another. But the same Bible that tells us to "love one another" also tells us to "say it to each other". Why do I have to say it? Isn't it enough to just "do it"? Won't they know by the way I treat them? Our Father has a reason for calling us to not only "do it" but to also "say it". When I genuinely tell someone that I love them It has an effect on them. It touches and encourages the heart. It dispels any "darkness" that may be there. It endears them to me and it leaves a memory that is sweet and powerful. It also has an effect on me. Something happens when we do as Christ did who not only loved us but "demonstrated His love for us". Another friend who was a POW in WW2 told me about how hard it was for him to lose his wife. But, he said, there's one thing I'm thankful for; the last thing she ever heard me say was "I love you honey". Lets find the great blessing that's in it for us and other people by "telling them that you love them". Don't miss a chance.

Thank you Jesus for loving me just as I am. Thank you for saying it in a thousand ways. I ask you for grace to make sure that the people around me know that I love them.

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