We live in a society that “demands” people say, “I love you.”
When a husband does not say, “I love you” to his wife at least once a week, she begins to question if he truly loves her. I am not against spontaneously saying, “I love you” to your loved ones. What I am trying to show you is that no matter how much a husband “proves” that he loves his wife, by being faithful to her, providing for her, protecting her, considering her, etc. (the list may be very long), the wife still enjoys hearing her husband say, “I love you”. It’s as if he “proves” his love with “words.” (Again: I am not against it and do this with my wife “spontaneously.”)
Imagine a wife who is suspicious her husband and his secretary are having an affair, sets up a hidden camera to watch him and, on the first day, sees him kiss the secretary. When he comes home, the first thing he says is, “I love you!” What will be the wife’s reaction? She will certainly feel much more offended. Right?
Now, when it comes to saying, “I love you” to God, we must first analyze whether we are actually pleasing or irritating God. Have faith: God knows EVERYTHING about us! He knows our intentions, thoughts, feelings, absolutely EVERYTHING. Maybe, this is why no one said, “I love you” to God all throughout Scripture.
A person that truly loves God does not need to tell Him he loves Him all the time, but he PROVES it by manifesting a faith that is radically obedient to His Word.
Bishop Macedo was saying that those who truly love God love their neighbor; this is God’s commandment. In the Bible, the only time anyone ever said he “loved” God was when the Lord Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter’s response was, “You know that I love You.” However, it was not enough for the Lord Jesus to hear Peter simply say he loved Him. He demanded proof: “Tend (love, care, sacrifice for…) My sheep.” (John 21.16)
He said this 3 times in a row.
Now that we have a clearer idea of what it means to love God, we should think more before saying, “I love you, God.”
God bless you!