Simply, what can you do to speak love to your loved one today?
Words of Affirmation? Say I love you. Tell them why you love them. With as many forms of communication as we have today, this one is easy.
Acts of Service? Run an errand, help relieve some kind of responsibility from their plate. Make sure they know you are willing and seek to do things for them. That you care about giving to them through lifting a little of their load.
Quality Time? Focus on them. Quiet time with them. Fun things you both like or maybe asking what they like.
Physical Touch? Leave with affection, greet with affection, offer affection just because. Babies can die without physical touch and bonding. It is a true need God gives. Think about how it would be to feel you will be alone forever without anyone to hug you, hold you, kiss you…so if you have people in your life that you love appreciate it and offer this nurturing act of love.
Receiving Gifts? It is not about the price tag, or the brand, it is about what the fabric is made of. A little gift says “I was thinking about you” “I knew you would love this” “I want you to have things I have given you among your sentimental treasures of life” Can be a flower, a pack of mints, a card, a $5 gift card for a treat…possibilities are endless.
To me, all of these should be present in a healthy relationship. Some are certainly more needed and important than others. All of these speak love and are needed to allow a person to perceive that you love them. All of these should bring you pleasure if you are giving them to someone you love…if not then I have to say hmmm? What’s going on with that? We should stop and examine our relationships to see if all of these are present. Am I doing these things?
I think much healing comes through offering a combination of these love actions.
I think trust is built.
I think bonds are strengthened.
I think Jesus loves us in all these ways and we are suppose to imitate Him.
Examine yourself to make sure you are doing all of the above and if not, do them.