The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
I love you, O Lord, my strength.Psalm 18:1
I love my wife.
I love Italian beef sandwiches.
I love my three sons.
I love watching baseball games.
Is there something wrong with me? Or is there something wrong with the word “love”?
While there are a few people who will argue the former, I believe the latter to be closer to the truth.
It has been said that the three most powerful words in the English language are “I love you.”
But what does that mean? The word “love” is used so often, for so many things, that it may have lost its meaning and power.
We do read in the Bible about God’s love for the world, about how God is love, and about how we are to love our neighbors.
But how do you do that?
I contend that the answer is in what I believe are truly the three most powerful words in the English language:
“I forgive you.”
To “love” something or someone is based – at least in part – on feeling. You can feel “love” for someone or something.
But to be able to forgive someone is based mostly on choice. You must choose to forgive someone.
Forgiveness is part of the bedrock of any human relationship. Because in every human relationship, there will come a time when one person offends the other. It happens, because every human is born a sinner. Sin infects all our relationships.
But Jesus Christ came to resolve this dilemma by absolving our sin. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for all sin.
And when the Holy Spirit brings a person to saving faith through Word and Sacrament, that person’s sins are absolved. Our relationship with God is restored because God forgives us our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ.
We sin against God. In repentance we say, “I’m sorry.” And God says to us, “I forgive you.” Such powerful words!
And in those words, we also hear “I love you.”
So while the three most powerful words in the English language are “I forgive you” they cannot be said unless sometime it was said, “I love you.”
We can now say that the six most powerful words in the English language are “I love you” and “I forgive you.”
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