Because I love you, I patiently wait for you. I don’t get upset when you don’t learn something, do something, or respond as quickly as I think you should. I gracefully allow you to move to the beat of your own drum, because loving you means loving that beat.
Because I love you, I am generous and considerate. I give of my substance but also of my time to show you just how much you mean to me. I give without regard for reciprocity because it fills me up when I pour into you.
Because I love you, I don’t desire what you have. I don’t covet your gifts, talents or belongings. I am just as happy for you to have them as you are. I celebrate what makes you uniquely you without envy.
Because I love you, I have no reason to brag or boast to you – only about you. Why would I find glory in making you feel small?
Because I love you, I humble myself. I trust you with my vulnerability and allow you into the intimate space where only you fit. I don’t hide behind vanity where you cannot see me. I bare my truth to you – even when it is ugly.
Because I love you, I hold you in the highest regard. I refrain from being brash, even when the opportunity presents itself because your feelings mean more to me than the brief gratification of being rude.
Because I love you, I look out for you. I position myself where I can see your blind spots and I attempt to help you navigate them. I am willing to sacrifice my selfish desires to make sure that you have what you need when you need it.
Because I love you, I am calm. I don’t anger easily. I try to understand you. When I have reason or opportunity to become angry, I consider the cost. Again, being patient with you.
Because I love you, I forgive quickly. I have no reason to remember the wrongs done or hold them against you. Just as God loves me and gives me new mercies, I extend the same grace to you.
Because I love you, I can’t stand to see evil operating in your life. I will stand in the face of the devil and kneel at the throne of grace just to make sure that evil does not come near nor prevail against you.
Because I love you, I am truthful with you. I don’t allow you to walk in error and I accept when you correct me in truth-filled love too. It brings me joy to be honest with you.
Because I love you, I protect you. I cover you. I know where your soft spots are and I guard them like they are my own. I don’t speak ill against you under any circumstance. Our love is a formidable shield against any outside force.
Because I love you, I trust you. I believe the absolute best in you and have faith in the comfort of knowing I can let my guard down with you. I can trust you to protect me too.
Because I love you, I have faith in you. I believe in your abilities. I believe in your heart. I believe in the integrity of your word. I believe in your decision making – even when I don’t always understand the method to the madness.
Because I love you, I am relentless. I don’t give up on you. With each test and trial we face, I am tempted to give up. But my love won’t allow me to. It is the power that gives me the ability not to buckle under pressure.
Because. I love you.