Friday, April 8, 2011

"True Love"

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have Love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have Love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have Love, I gain nothing.
1Corinthians 13:1-7
It seems to me that we are all looking to love and be loved. To fill the void within ourselves. From the time we are conceived, we are innately designed by our Creator to crave and thrive on Love. As adults, we want to teach our children how to digest, fully swallow and understand, the meaning of true Love so it’s not misinterpreted or misunderstood. It is quite literally one of the biggest challenges we face as human beings and especially, as Christians.
( *Note: Did you catch the intentional emphasis on “Love” with a capital “L”... GOD, Himself! 1 John 4:16)

It is impossible to have healthy relationships without first understanding the relationship we are freely given by our Heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The key ingredient to the proper perspective and understanding of this is the relationship. Building relationships that begin with you, the parents, and then are facilitated throughout your child’s everyday life. We all need to see the value in another life. God's value of all life! To respect those around us and to look past the surface into the souls of others. I’m talking about a true and honest concern for those around you. An honest understanding of Love for one another. Being able to discern the love that God has for each of us and then acting that forth into the life of someone else. The beautiful thing is that most of us are yearning for someone to be concerned about us! We want to know that someone cares about and values what’s happening in our lives. It starts when we’re young and refines as we age.
How do we understand a Love that’s beyond understanding? There are times when we can’t understand how one person could love someone else who seems so unlovable.... you know, Belle and the Beast? The Hunchback of Notre Dame... the fairy tales go on and on! My honest assessment, and the knowledge that I’ve gained from reading my Bible and spending time with the Lord each day, (no, not from Disney movies...) is that we have to enjoy and savor the Love of Christ ourselves, each day, in order to teach our children the true meaning of Love. “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Quite simply put, teach your children the unyielding action of God’s love in His forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. Through that, they in turn, will act that true Love towards others in a healthy, God pleasing way that only brings glory to God Himself.
Dear Lord,
You are Love. You are patient, You are kind. You do not envy, You do not boast. You are not proud. You do not dishonor others, You are not self-seeking, You are not easily angered, You keep no record of wrongs. You do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. You always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. You never fail.”
Thank you Jesus!

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