That is the title of an old song, first introduced decades ago. I happened to hear it on the radio or somewhere the other day, and the Holy Spirit immediately, gently, plucked on the strings of my heart with His truth.
Have you ever prayed about something for a long time, almost giving up on any expectation of receiving an answer any longer, when suddenly, in an unexpected manner, the matter was positively resolved? Thats God asking, (or perhaps even singing to your spirit?) rhetorically, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"
Have you ever been discouraged with your perceived lack of growth in His grace or personal sanctification, and then had Him send a reviving word of His unconditional acceptance of you, while reading His Word, through your pastor's sermon, a Christian radio or television program, or a fellow brother or sister in Christ? That's Him saying, "Have I Told You lately That I Love You?"
Have you ever had unexpected "small" blessings intercept your daily life out of "nowhere", such as encountering all green traffic lights when you're running late for church or an important meeting, finding a parking place near the front door, or an empty seat close to the platform in what should have been a completely filled sanctuary or auditorium? That's God nudging you with, "Have I Told You Lately That I love You?"
Have you ever had a letter, phone call, or e-mail from someone whom you thought disliked you, or at best could "take you or leave you", telling you that the Lord had used something you had done or spoken to bless them tremendously? Again Jesus was asking, "Have I told You Lately That I Love You?"
Have you ever been frustrated from unsuccessfully trying to learn the truth regarding some Christian doctrine as it applies to your personal walk with Christ, and then discovered that almost every Bible passage you "happen" to read for several days and every sermon or Bible study you heard gave you more understanding of the subject?
Yes! God seems to never tire of lovingly whispering to us, His children, "Have I Told You Lately That I love You?", while He is actively demonstrating that fathomless love in a multitude of practical ways!
All that remains now, is for us to pause for a minute and ask Him, "..........." (I think you know the phrase by now).
Read more articles by James Donovan or search for articles on the same topic or others.
:::smile::: I could almost feel my heart leaping for joy inside me as I read this article. I think He's told me MANY times lately that He loves me. I just don't always take the time to hear Him. tsk tsk. I love the way you closed up the article... PERFECT.