Why ‘love you’ isn’t enough

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Guess what, I had the profoundest realization while taking a bath: It’s important to complete the phrase “I love you” and not just to say “love you!” or “luv yah!”

Those three words present the deepest human mystery. “I love you”, which so many use lightly, mirror heaven’s greatest mystery: the Triune God, the God who loves us in three ways. Those three words “I,” “love,” and “you” carry so much weight that the essence would be diluted if we just say “love you”, followed by a “LOL”.

The “I” signifies one’s possession of self, a person’s lordship and mastery over one’s will which is necessary when giving oneself totally and unconditionally to another. And it’s this totality that brings us to the context of the next word, “love.” The “I” finds its completion in love and that love is always directed to another “self,” that is “you.” The word “I” is important because one cannot give something one doesn’t possess. This shows that self-knowledge and self-mastery are requirements for love.

“I love you” is an expression of human unity. When we say it and live it, we mirror God Himself, who is a family in Trinity where the Father and the Son eternally exchange “I love yous” which is the Holy Spirit. Next time we say “I love you”, let’s think about God, Love itself, who created us to be living “I love yous” to one another.

 

About the Blogger

13515297_1372971256050461_1923482670_n-150x150John Bernard Ordoñez Caasi is a recent graduate of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and one of the NCR finalists for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016. The managing director of Society of Young Filipino Speakers, this 21-year old has been giving inspirational and motivational talks in various schools, universities, and organizations since 2011. He loves wine, does a mean Sponge Bob impersonation, and loves apologetics and all things Catholic. You may contact Bernz through Facebook.

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