My boyfriend told me he loves me. He was really emotional when he said it so I know he's sincere. However, although I really care for him I'm not sure if I love him or maybe I'm just not ready to return those sentiments verbally yet. What is the best way to respond without hurting him and without having to say I love you too when I'm not ready. I just kissed him on the lips and hugged him but I know he's going to bring up the fact I didn't say it back. I want to be honest but at the same time I really care about him and don't want him to think my feelings for him aren't strong. Advice?
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You say to him " I really care for you I'm not sure if I love you or maybe I'm just not ready to return those sentiments verbally yet."1