I don’t remember hearing my parents telling me, “I love you,” but I know they do. They have shown their love in countless ways. When I was growing up they worked hard to provide a comfortable home, food, and clothing. They made sure my brothers didn’t pick on me, at least not too much. Even today, they listen when I have something important to say. They encourage me when I’m discouraged or when I start a new venture. Their eyes shine with pride at my smallest accomplishments. Their actions have always left me feeling secure and loved.
I have never heard Jesus say to me, “I love you,” but I know he does. He provides my every need. He sometimes allows difficulties in my life, but never more than I can bear. He listens to me and knows my heart, even when I seldom speak to Him. He is the source of my abilities and is pleased when I work to develop them. When I’m discouraged he wraps loving arms around me, encouraging me. And those very same arms stretched wide open on the cross. Because He became sin, I am adopted into his family and will live forever with him in heaven. His actions leave me feeling secure and loved.
Through our own wordless love others glimpse our loving savior. When we understand another’s feelings, or listen to other’s problems, we show God’s love. When we assist an elderly neighbor or babysit for a friend, we demonstrate his love. When we accept others without judgment, they see God’s love.
God, your actions demonstrate how much you love us. Humble us and show us how to also act in loving ways.