Did you hear about the young couple, George and Sally, sitting out on the front porch swing? George was a man of few words, but Sally… well, she had no trouble saying what was on her mind. On this particular night Sally asked romantically, “George, do you think I have beautiful eyes?” After a little pause George responded, “Yep.” A few moments later Sally asked, “George, do you like my hair the way I fix it?” Another pause occurred and George answered, “Yep.” Sally then inquired, “George, do you think I have a nice, attractive figure?” Again in a slow and deliberate matter George replied, “Yep.” At that, Sally grabbed George around the neck, kissed him on the cheek and excitedly declared, “George, you say the sweetest things!”
It seems that Sally was happy to get whatever response she could, but clueless George could do a little better, don’t you think? We can laugh at a little anecdote like this, but in real life it is truly not funny. I remember counseling with a wife some years ago who was troubled by the fact that her husband would never tell her that he loved her. She often expressed her love to him, but all he would say was in return was “ditto.” Sally might have accepted that, but this wife would not- - and who could blame her?
Solomon gave us a proverb that is pertinent to this thought: “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed” (Proverbs 27:5). Think about how this truth could apply in a relationship. Would it not be more bearable to have someone say, “I do not love you” than to never express any emotion at all? I know that is how the above wife felt- - and the way most of us would feel in the same situation.
Of course, expressing love to someone (or even to God) is more than just words. We must prove our words by our actions. Note these inspired words from John: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
Nevertheless, words of love and appreciation never fail to warm the hearts that long to hear them. Solomon also penned, “A word spoken in due season, how good it is” and “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 15:23; 25:11).
So, now that I have brought this to our attention, let us resolve that from this moment forward we will not pass up an opportunity to genuinely express our love to others.