“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”

Have you told God lately that you love Him?

At our Men’s Breakfast recently we started talking about ‘strange times’ and how some of us were not feeling very spiritual (in the absence of church and communion). Others were reviewing their values/priorities (i.e. family as top priority).

It was suggested that our current situation could be a prolonged season of Lent (associated with fasting / focus on God) during which we should consider treating God with respect for who He is.

The first Commandment calls us to Love God and that lead us into reflecting on how often we vocalise the words “Dear God, I love you”; the emphasis often being the other way around. 

Saying “I love you” to God may feel strange, however John 17:3 emphasises a ‘knowledge’ of God where such knowledge is not an intellectual concept but is a deeply intimate relationship (akin to Genesis 4:1 – Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain).

With that overview one of the guys shared that he found the song “Have I told you lately that I love you?” helpful in realising that he needed to actually start saying ‘I love you’ to God 

Of course, Rod Stewart famously sung the song with just that title: “Have I told you lately, …that I love you!” — which could be a helpful reminder to us to verbalise the words “I love you” to GOD. You can find the song and lyrics here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQUQcAzAi3k 

Fundamentally, in Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus commands us to love God:

  • Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ — NIV
  • Jesus said, “’Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence’ — Message

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