The Bible tells us that we were made by love and for love. God lives in perfect love within himself, within the Trinity, and out of the fullness of God’s triune being and perfect love he created people in His image. We are also to live in love, to share in the experience of loving relationship with and sharing love with others. As His image bearers we are gifts to each other-made for love. We love and honor gifts and treat them with care, love and respect.
The Bible tells us that love is patient, kind, not jealous, or proud. It is not rude, or selfish or easily angered. It doesn’t remember wrongs, it delights in the truth. It trusts and hopes and never fails. (1 Corinthians 13)
While the world has tainted the word love and has delighted in perverting the word and reducing it at times to the action of meeting your own or another’s sexual desires, we as believers have a beautiful mandate to help shape our children’s perception of love into correct thinking. True love is selfless and giving and joyful. We are created to live in harmony with one another. It is by living and portraying God’s love; the world will see who He is. We are His love ambassadors here on earth.
We as parents are the greatest mirror of God’s heart to our children. We will be the greatest influencer on how our child perceives, receives and responds to love. We are the standard setters and primary teachers and will therefore have the greatest ability to reach our child’s heart. Children are imitators by design. This is an amazing privilege and a scary reality at times. Allowing ourselves a moment of self-reflection on how we reflect God’s heart of love to others is a good practice. Our children are watching our responses to those around us. Ask God to show you where you could reflect His love more brightly.
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
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