When I say I love you to Patty, to those in our church and to God, I am not saying I have warm, fuzzy feelings toward them. I am saying I love you as a statement of commitment, specific commitments. I love you is saying “I will. “
An additional meaning of “I love you,” is “I want a relationship with you.” God loved the world so He sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven and live with God forever. The bottom line in all that God did was making it possible for us to be sons and daughters of God forever.
To say “I love you,” is to say, “I will,” but it also means, “I want.”
John 14:1-3 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
“That where I am, there you may be also.” That statement by Jesus is the ultimate “I love you,” statement.
When I say “I love you” to Patty I am saying that I want to know her, be with her, talk to her, live with her, sleep with her, be one with her. When I say “I will” I follow that up with action, and when I say “I want” I follow that up with action as well.
When we fully understand what we are saying when we say, “I love you” we become very motivated to live our lives right, in a way that pleases God.