I live in the rural South where we are polite even when we don’t mean it. I wrote the title the way I did because we drag out syllables in this part of the country. We often tell others we love them because it’s considered good manners while our true feelings may be quite the opposite. I used to wait to see how quickly someone would gossip about me after they told me they loved me. I know some of you can relate.
If I really loved you, I would not gossip about you or belittle you. I would be more concerned about your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing over my own. Love is sacrifical. I’ll let I Corinthians 13 speak for itself regarding love.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV
Before you say that again, ask yourself if you really love that person. Do you really care about their welfare, or are you just being polite?