Here is what the Spirit of God whispers to us all the time when we are speaking to someone: “Tell him I love him.” It could be to a friend recovering from bypass surgery in the hospital; it could be to a homeless man, smelly and half nuts; it could to be your husband just going out the door for a few groceries—and never coming back; it could be to the lady who cut in front of you in line; it could be to your best friend – the one you won’t ever see again, who left the party early to walk home by himself… In all of these situations, the Holy Spirit wants to have us stand in for him. He wants us to deliver the message. It’s the ultimate gift, and it explains why God sent His Son into the world, but it’s less complicated than that. It’s distilled into three words, one phrase, and it’s the point of it all: “Tell her I love her.”
It’s the Holy Spirit’s whisper. It’s for us as much as it is for them. It’s for us to remember and show God’s love if not say it. He whispers it in our ear while we stand in front of someone it would be impossible for us to love otherwise. And he whispers it in our ear as we casually say good-by to the most familiar face we know. And why do I need to do this? She’ll be back in just a few minutes. Will she? “Tell her I love her.” Don’t miss an opportunity.
Tell it to those who already know it as well as those who don’t. We all need to hear it because we all forget. We know it already, but then we go back to hating ourselves because that’s what we’re used to doing. It’s the message for everyone as well as the message for me.
It’s ultimately what the Father said to the Son when He watched them nail Him to a cross and had to turn His back as He left Him to agonize alone, covered in sin that was not His, forcing Him to forsake His only begotten: “Tell them I love them,” God said. And He did. And now it’s up to us to remind everyone.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16