Numerous literary writers, theologians and psychologists tell us that there are five ‘languages’ by which to express love. Namely, they are through words of affirmation; acts of service; physical touch; quality time; and receiving gifts. But through prayerfully conversing with God over the many years of my life, he has shown and proven to me that a most significant and sacrificial act on his part combined all five ‘love languages’ in just one pre-ordained divine event.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
In one of his more playful moments (like school yard recess) the Lord said to me, “My child, let’s take a break from in depth bible study. Recite for Me the many ways you know how to express love.” As those instructions penetrated my mind, I smiled. Lord, you are truly like a father helping his child with their homework, I thought. How sweet of you to ask.
Immediately, I grabbed my pen and note pad and began to compose the following lyrical poem entitled “A Play On Words”.
A Play On Words…”I Love You”
A QUESTION………………..I LOVE YOU?
A STATEMENT………………..I LOVE YOU.
A WINK AND A NOD…………I LUV YAH
LIKE A CHILD……………I Love You, Mommy.
LIKE A JOKE………..Huh, I Love You, Alright!
OR MAYBE DIVINE………..I Love You, My Child.
HOW ABOUT AMOROUS…I chose you and I Love You
A DECLARATION……………….I Told You, I Do Love You
OR EVEN A LIE…..I’ve Loved You All My Life, Bud.
PERHAPS, JUST KIDDING. You Love Me, And I Love You
WHEN IN PAIN…Hang In There. I Love You, Kid!
OR A BIG, BIG SURPRISE…..Did I Hear That Right, Did She Say, “I Love You!”
REFRAME: No matter how you say those words They will always evoke a response I love you? I love you. I luv yah! Sounds good, regardless of the cost.
The ‘key’ words in John 3:16 are “the world”. And the word ‘world’ in this case, includes all of humanity…even those two human beings who were ‘created’ and lived in Eden as well as everyone else ‘born’ after them. God sincerely loves us all; genuinely and forever. The problem comes in when the world refuses to accept either God’s gift of Love or his Son, Jesus Christ. The world would rather choose my whimsical way of expressing emotions depicted in the above poem.
We all agree that God is love and his reincarnation in his messianic Servant Jesus Christ (flesh) is the fulfillment of the Scripture in Psalm 2:7; “I will surely tell of the decree of Yahweh: He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.” This revelation came to David aeons before Christ was born.
When we think about just Who Jesus is, we can honestly say He fulfilled all five love languages during His physical life time here on earth. He used words of affirmation to all those given to Him by the Father. He miraculously demonstrated acts of service to mankind through the creation. He physically touched people, dead or alive, and is the sustainer and preserver of the material universe. He spent quality time in prayer with His Father, His disciples, friends and a host of others. And without a doubt, His final act of allowing Himself to become the atoning death on the cross was the ultimate gift He gave for fallen humanity (including Adam and Eve) and He ushered in the Holy Spirit for our protection and sealer.
Recess is over, Kid. It’s time to get back to work!
Scripture Lesson: John 13: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Amen.
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