A few years ago, a cross section of the British public were surveyed to find out, “What phrase do you most long to hear?” The top three results were:
- I love you
- I forgive you
- Dinner’s ready
I hear the words, “I love you” everyday from my wife and children; I have made mistakes, and have been forgiven; I hear, or say, “dinner’s ready!”, every day. I don’t take any of these blessings for granted as I know many people do not hear these words.
As human beings we can share love, forgiveness, food and hospitality; but I believe it is God who satisfies out deepest longings.
People are desperate to hear the words, “I love you” – God says, “I love you so much that I gave my only Son, Jesus, and if you believe in Him you will not perish but have everlasting life!” (John 3.16)
People are desperate to hear the words, “I forgive you” – God says, “If you confess your sin I can always be trusted to forgive you and wipe your slate clean” (1 John 1.9)
People love to hear the words, “Dinner’s ready!” – God says, “I’ve prepared a feast for you because I love you” (Song of Songs 2.4). Jesus describes himself as the Bread of Life and says if we come to him we will be satisfied. (John 6.35)
Tell someone you love them today (don’t just assume they know it or feel it). Is there someone you need to forgive? Tell them you forgive them. Invite someone to share a meal or next time you sit as a family to eat, give thanks for the blessing of food and company.
You are welcome to join us at any of our services if you’d like to see how we live this out at RE:NEW.