How many times have you asked or been asked this question? Sometimes just to hear again the expression of another’s love for you; and sometimes with genuine fear that your love will not returned in kind. I know that I love to hear the words “I love you” from those I love.
Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” In this case though, Jesus knew well Peter’s love and spoke so that Peter would come to understand that his love was real and that with love comes a responsibility to act in that love on behalf of others (John 21.)
Love is never really known by words alone, it is experienced by its actions. Actions that speak louder than words have always been the truest expression of love. Only actions really mean anything.
How are you proving your love to God and others? Do your actions really say, “I love you”?