In light of all that is going on in the world, it is very clear that our society is lacking in love. Today I want to keep it short and sweet. Several years ago, the Lord told me to focus on love and everything will fall into place. Now more than ever, I am realizing how much I am failing to understand what love really is. In some ways it has been watered down. If I don't understand what love really is, how can I expect to teach the next generation?
I arose earlier than usual the other day and I wanted to spend time with the Lord. I got out of my room and was preparing to have my quiet time. I hear the sound of a door opening. It was my son. Instantly I thought, "I have a hard time getting you out of bed at normal time. How is it that when I choose to get up earlier that you are wide awake?" I took a moment to snuggle on the couch with my son and opened the Bible app on my phone. The verse of the day was part of the "famous love passage" in 1 Ccorinthians 13.
I decided to read it out aloud to him. After reading it out loud, Holy Spirit gave me an idea. What I had read (especially in NKJV) may be hard for a soon to be seven year old to understand. So, use everyday examples that he has done recently to explain what love is...and isn't.
Over the course of the last few days when I've talked to the kids and corrected them, I've done it in the context of love in 1 Corinthians 13.
Love is patient. When you are wanting to talk to mommy, you need to be patient and not interrupt my conversation.
Love is kind. Were you being kind when you pushed your sibling out of the way?
Love does not demand it's own way. Are you being loving to mommy? I said no, and now you're throwing a fit about it.
This has been really eye opening to me. Often times in the middle of correcting my children and talking about love in context to the word of God - I am being convicted myself!
Jesus said in John 13:34-35
So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you're my true followers. (TPT)
There are two key things that I've taken from this verse. 1. I cannot love others like Jesus loves me if I don't understand His love. 2. Demonstrating this love to others will show I belong to Him. It is like a sweet smelling aroma to others.
There are many more verses on God's view of love in the Bible. I am praying into how I can continue to teach my children (and learn in the process ::grin::) about how to receive and give true Biblical love.
I truly believe that love is the key that will unlock solutions that our world needs. I pray it begins with our generation; but, I am confident that we have the power to unleash the next generations - who truly understand Biblical love and how to walk it out - on a hurting world. Our children are the answer the world has been looking for.
Let's talk in the comments. What are some lessons that you've learned about love? Parents, any advice for this barely seasoned mama? What are some lessons you can pass on? What has helped your children learn about true Biblical love?