Three Little Words

A newspaper article from September 11, 2001, reveals what people on some of the terrorist-captured planes were thinking in their last moments:

“Passengers aboard the hijacked planes began to comprehend the likely termination of their flights. They would not survive. Several reached for their cell phones and quietly dialed their loved ones. If no one answered, they left recorded messages with their final words: “I love you.”

Think about what they didn’t say:

“Make sure you pay the electric bill.”

“Please take out the garbage.”

“Try to make straight A’s this semester.”

In those final moments, the only thing that mattered was saying those three little words that matter so much – “I love you.”

Sometimes people say, “I love you,” offhandedly, even when our actions don’t match our words or when we fail to treasure and cherish the ones for whom we’re professing our love.

Other times, even worse, people say, “I love you,” manipulatively, using the promise of love as a means of getting their way or gaining an advantage over others.

Consider this: God has told us, “I love you,” sacrificially, unconditionally, transformationally, and eternally.

The Bible says: 

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

God’s love is sacrificial – His love moved the Father to give up His Son, Jesus, on the cross to pay for our sins.

God’s love is unconditional – He does not put stipulations or requirements on His love. Even when we were covered in the filth of our sin, He loved us.

God’s love is transformational – When His love touches our lives, it changes us forever.

God’s love is eternal – It never stops, never falters, and never goes away.

Because God loves us the way He does, we can reflect His love to those around us.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!