If you read and believe the Bible, you see in John 3:16 that God loves us enough to give us his Son to die on our behalf.
God endures a lot in order to love us, but how, exactly, does God love us?
To understand God’s love, we look to his Son. Jesus was sent not only to reconcile us to God, but also to show us what God wants from us.
Reading through the New Testament we see that Jesus:
- Forgave sinners
- Wept over Israel
- Instructed his “children”
- Comforted his “children”
- Calmed storms
- Fed multitudes
- Corrected hypocrites
- Drove out robbers
- Preapred us for adulthood
- …and died for us
This doesn’t sound like the love we see on television, does it?
Far from it, I think.
Real love expresses itself in many ways; obedience, sacrifice, provision, respect, and physical contact to name a few.
I was blessed to have parents that cared enough to hug me when I needed it and spank me when I needed it, too (sometimes with a 2×4, right Mom?).
Events from my childhood provided me a background to understand difficult concepts contained within the pages of the Bible, and my writing skills help me communicate those concepts to you.
Childrearing has changed drastically over the past few years. Recently, society has deemed it inexcusable for children to feel disappointment in their lives.
Everybody gets the prize.
Always say ‘Yes’.
As a result, we have a generation of children entering adulthood that have no clue how to handle the term ‘No’, or how to react when they are rejected.
People look at those kids and say ‘Why?’.
It could be just as easy to look at the parents and ask ‘Why?’.
Why didn’t you punish them when they needed it?
Why didn’t you hug them when they needed it?
Why didn’t you say ‘No’ when they needed it?
I get that parenting is hard work, but as my brother-in-law used to say, “Oh well! To late now.”
Basically, “The kids are here, so get to work!”
I mentioned in previous articles that I prayed for the wisdom to raise my sons. I believe God gave me that wisdom through His word – the Bible. We read verses like:
Hebrews 12:4-11 “the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
Matthew 7:9-11 teaches us, “how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
and we understand that loving our children involves more than giving them everything they want. Those verses provide a solid foundation for parenting our children.
Loving our kids means doing the right thing at the right time…and having the wisdom to choose wisely.
God does indeed love us and that love is expressed in many ways; sometimes gentle ways, other times a little more tough love is required.