How was your Valentine’s Day? Was it a romantic one?
Love fills the airways with large life-size teddy bears, Hoodie-Footie
pajamas, and chocolate covered strawberries. For some, it is easier
buying gifts than saying the words. A picture may be worth a thousand
words, and it may tell a wonderful story, but let’s face it, we can
never hear “I love you” enough. It is the first words uttered when we
are born, and the last when we die. Can we ever say those words too
often in between?
Some men find it hard coughing up those words. I think some men would
be more comfortable having bamboo splints driven under their
fingernails than say “I love you”, or “I was wrong.” In defense, what we
do for each other is hard evidence in the absence of words, and yes,
love can be expressed without using words. Anyone can say the words, but
it more important that we show it. When a woman asks, “Do you love me?”
They do not want just to hear “Yes, you KNOW that I love you,” they
want you to show them by word or by deed, or both.
Societal norms dictate men are not to cry, display weakness, or
express their emotions, at least not in public. Men are considered
rough, tough, and cowboy up, and while that may be partially true, we
also have a softer side, and believe me ladies, teddy bears have nothing
on us! A man’s heart is as soft as new driven snow, and does not take
much to melt it. It is not an easy task to break the mold in which we
are cast. What can melt a man’s heart? Four magical words, “I love you
I must confess I am partial to little girls. Little boys soon grow up
into men, but little girls are always daddy’s girl, and grown women are
always little girls at heart. The word “daddy” has special meaning. It
is an endearing term. When used in conjunction with “I love you,” it
will break the hardest heart and reduce it to mere putty (at least in my
In John 21:15-17, three times Jesus says to Simon Peter, “Simon, son
of John, do you love me…?”All three times Simon answers, “Yes, Lord; you
KNOW that I love you?” Jesus follows up each with a statement, “Feed my
lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep.” Jesus is saying to Simon Peter,
if you love me, SHOW me!
God SHOWED he loved me when he sent Jesus to die for me. I SHOWED him
my love by living for him. We can be adopted into God’s family by
faith, and by doing so, we can call him “Abba,” Father (Romans 8:15).
“Abba” is the Aramaic equivalent for father. The repetition is one of
endearment and entreaty, taken from the natural impulse of children to
repeat a beloved name in different forms such as papa or daddy. God
wants to have a personal relationship so close with him that we can
affectionately call him “papa” or “daddy.”
There is no greater honor than adoption. Do you know why? It is because YOU are chosen! My question to you, have you accepted?