Your friend may be letting you know that he cares about you deeply as a friend.
He is not necessarily insinuating that he is “in love” with you.
There is a big difference between loving someone and being in love with someone.
If this is a friend that you have had for a while, he may feel a sisterly connection to you that makes him feel a deep sense of love and appreciation for you.
If you have helped him through difficult times in his life, he would also be more prone to feeling this kind of emotion.
However, if you are wondering whether this love goes deeper than mere friendship, there are a number of ways you can find out.
One of the best ways is to simply ask him what he means by that.
Have him explain what he means by telling you, “I love you.”
This puts him on the spot.
You will notice through his body language where his heart truly is.
If he loves you more than just a friend, he may begin to get a little more nervous than usual or he may begin to find it hard to maintain eye contact.
In other words, you have taken him by surprise and have now put him in a position where he has to explain himself.
If his love was based on mere friendship, he wouldn’t get this nervous.
Another good way to tell that he sees you more than just a friend when he tells you “I love you” is by how often he tells other people in his life the same thing.
If you notice that short of his family, he doesn’t really tell anyone else in his social circle that he loves them, he has placed you on another level.
He is clearly not using that phrase lightly.
This tends to mean that there is a deeper emotional connection with you.
So, if this is something that you have noticed he doesn’t do with just everyone, you are a lot more special in his eyes and he just may see you as more than a friend when he says “I love you.”
Thereby, you should be observant of behavior from him that is out of the norm.
Something else that shows he may see you as a lot more than a friend when he tells you he loves you is if you notice that he tends to tell you this in quiet moments.
These are not moments that are filled with excitement and distraction.
In other words, he wasn’t so enamored by an experience that you were both having that he suddenly blurted out those words.
When he actually says those words in quiet moments, where there isn’t any distraction, he may mean more by it.
This means that he didn’t say it at the spur of the moment.
He said it thoughtfully.
That can be a strong indication that he really thought about what he was going to say before he said it.
He may have even been slightly anxious about it but he said it anyway.
This shows just he really wanted to get it out of him and get a consequent reaction out of you.
If the reaction is positive, he may be hopeful that you either love him or you will come to love him at some point in time.