The Gesture of Love
The other day my daughter took a “love language” test and then had Joe, and I take it too. Each of us had very interesting results. The gesture(s) that signaled love to her was spending quality time together. My husbands was physical touch, and mine was acts of service. Buying me gifts doesn’t signal love to me; it is when you do something for me that shows me love.
When you think about it, the gesture we consider as showing love will be the gesture you use to show your love to others. I am always trying to be helpful and do things for Joe. I’m trying to make his life easier, which is how I show my love. When we went to Scottsdale with our friends, I said something about packing Joe for the trip, and my friends said, “what??? You pack his suitcase and toiletries?” She said she never packed her husband’s things and thought it was crazy for me to do that. I realize that her love language is different from mine, so she doesn’t understand that is how I show my love.
Joe’s love language is physical touch. So for him, a kiss or a hug signals his love. One of my favorite gestures he does is that when I’m asleep, I will feel him reach for me and lay his hand on my thigh. Sometimes I swear he is still asleep, but the feel of his hand on my thigh makes me feel loved.
The other morning, I was reading my devotional and started thinking how nice it would be to physically feel the Lord’s presence. I would love to feel His arms around me when I’m hurting or a loving caress to let me know He cares about me.
Then, I looked out the window, and the sun was shining on my face. I could feel the warmth, and it made me feel happy. Later that day, as I took my dog outside, the wind started blowing against my skin, and I realized that I could feel the Lord’s touch, just not in the way I had wanted.
Since today is Palm Sunday, it wasn’t hard for me to figure out the Lord’s love language. It is sacrifice. It is denying what you want for others. It is giving all that you can, and it is putting others before ourselves.
16 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.
The most famous Bible verse shows the Lord’s sacrificial love. It shows how the Lord gave all that He could for us. His love for us is inconceivable, indescribable, and all-encompassing. It can be overwhelming when we think about the depth of God’s love for us. We often focus on our shortcomings and failings, and it’s easy to feel like we don’t deserve God’s love. But the truth is that God’s love for us isn’t based on what we do or don’t do. It’s based on who He is.
God is love. It’s something He demonstrated in a very real way by sending His Son to die for us. Jesus willingly gave up His life on the cross so that we could have eternal life. That’s how much God loves us.
This coming week, I’ll be thinking a lot about God’s sacrifice for us. I’ll be reading about how Jesus gave His life willingly for us. And every ray of sunshine and gust of wind that I feel will be a physical reminder of how much I am loved!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!
Love this. Especially the way you related it to Gods love and how he shows us his love daily.
We did a love language class (based on the book) probably 20 years ago at church. My daughter did it in a college class a few years ago. We both fully believe there’s so much truth to how people feel and show love. I can tell which my kids have without them even taking a test. My daughter loves to receive gifts. They don’t have to cost a dime, but it’s knowing someone took the time to think of what she likes and got it for her makes her feel loved (I lean toward that one myself). And she will break her neck (and the bank if she’s not careful) to get things for those she loves. One of my sons still likes to sit close to me at church and cuddle on the couch. The other will unload the dishwasher or fold towels without being asked. Just a sample of how we’re all different and need to be loved in our own ways. 🙂
Amen. Thank you.
This is just what I needed today. Beautiful insight. I love your Sunday blog!
loved how you describe the Lord’s love language!
This is so beautiful; thank you so much for sharing !!
I love this post. Thank you!
thank you for openly sharing your faith.it is always such an encouragement!
Beautiful!! I love talking about Jesus!!
Beautiful reminder of how the Lord made us all with different love language’s, yet, we are ministered through others in their unique way of showing love. I need to make a conscious effort to be more observant of others, and appreciate their expressions of love towards me.
Among my daily prayers I also thank God for animals and for the beauty all around us. We can see Him in the unconditional love we see in a dog’s eyes; and who can look at flowers, mountains, majestic trees, and mountain streams and not feel God? He is all around us. We just have to humble ourselves to Him so we can feel His presence. Thank you for your messages, Tania; and Easter blessings to you and your loved ones.
Driving home from church, my husband and I saw a similar cross as you did in the sky. Linpaq
That cross reached all the way to Massachusetts.
Thanks be to God for sharing it with us. 🙏
Great post and reminders that we all have different love languages – thank you!
And all of God’s people said, AMEN! Thank you for this reminder of all the different ways that we can feel God’s love. I bet the Love Language test was interesting.
I absolutely Love this post !!
God’s Love is Everywhere in what we see and what we don’t see , but feel.
Thank you for words of encouragement and wisdom.
Blessed Holy Week to you.
I loved it when you said that you would love to feel embraced by God … I have also longed for that feeling. You are correct when you say feeling the sun and the wind are touches from God .. He is every where, all around us, and I will now be more attuned to the “touches” that are all around me each day! To God goes the glory! 🙏
I’m an “acts of service” person, too. I think my husband is “words of affirmation” but he won’t take the quiz so 8m making my best guess from 30+ years of experience with him 😬
I found your blog a short time ago and really enjoy reading your stories and appreciate all the work you do with sharing your finds with us.
I especially “love” your Sunday post and enjoy reading God’s word from a real life perspective.
Thank you for sharing your many talents.
Blessings – JJJ
Thank you Tania for sharing your perspective and this verse. I have been having such a hard time lately as a single Mom and reading this really helped me today, and to prepare for the week.
What a beautiful post to start the Holy Week. I will be thinking of how I can show love to those around me this week to bring Christ to them and to me!
Thank you for your beautiful devotional.
Thanks for this message – I love how you brought the gospel into it and pray that these words bring someone to saving grace. I also have a very lovely story about how my aunt felt God’s love through the wind on her face – your story simply underlines that God reaches out to us with unfailing love 24/7.
Such a great way to put it! I’ll remember that when I feel the sun on my face. I’m continually amazed by his love-and continually praying for those that do not know him🙏
So enjoy your posts….. sisters in Christ, have a happy Easter!!
Yes, I was anxious about a decision I had to make regarding a week long seminar this summer. I’ve been praying that the Lord would help me. Yesterday I spoke with my two sisters, and they said the same thing to me about what we should do this summer. The Lord gave me His answer through my sisters. He told me what is important, and what I need to do. His love is so huge He took care to calm my worries.
Wow your posts are always so timely. My counselor and I were just talking this week about the language of love. Do you by chance have a link for the test? Loved this post but I always look forward to your Sunday posts
The test I took is on this website: http://www.5lovelanguages.com
What a sweet story.
GREAT words today, I’ll make sure now to pay attention to these as well now, thank you. My love language is acts of service as well!!
I love this post Tania and it is so relatable. I would physically hug Jesus everyday if I could. What I do know is that when God shows up so evident in my life it brings me the most joy!
Such a great devotional today. We all show love in different ways (based on how we love) and that’s also a gift from God as he uses us in different ways. Thanks for the reminder that the touch from God comes in many different ways; but, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was the ultimate demonstration of His love.
Thank you for sharing this today. Sometimes I need a reminder that God is always with us.