A song I remember hearing often when I was a kid was one entitled: “Three Little Words.” It was published in 1930 and was recorded later by many artists. A movie about the song and it’s story was released in 1950 with Fred Astaire and Red Skelton as the lead actors. The three words, of course, are “I love you” and today’s blog is about those same three words and three other three-word phrases which, for many reasons, are not part of many people’s vocabulary. The other three phrases are “I was wrong”, “I forgive you”, and “please forgive me.”
The first stanza of the song says: [ Three little words / Oh what I’d give for that wonderful phrase / To hear those three little words / That’s all I’d live for, the rest of my days ] There is a lot of truth to these lyrics for there are people everywhere just yearning and needing for someone to tell them one of these three-word phrases. Could that be you? Are you yearning to hear them from the lips of a certain someone in your life, or are you the one who seldom or never uses them? Perhaps you haven’t realized up to now how important they are. The truth is that many people need to hear them and many others need to say them. Paul wrote: “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.” (Romans 14:21) Well, have you considered that your refusal to use one of these three-word phrases, when needed, may produce enough discouragement in the person who needs to hear them, that it will cause him or her to fall? I pray we will all make these three-word phrases and others like it a big part of our vocabulary. When we do, it will be a great benefit to those who hear them and also ourselves.
Memory verse for the week (1 Peter 1:22) “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”