Being a Godly Example: Loving Others
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. 8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:7-12
Loving God = Loving others without exception
Of all the “godly parenting” books written by Christian theologians and experts there is one thread of commonality: set a Godly Example yourself. 1 John 4:7-12 (above) says the following in extremely clear verbiage:
- God commands us to love others unequivocally and without exception.
- If you don’t love others, you don’t love God.
- By loving others, God’s love is revealed to those people through us.
- Loving others allows God to perfect his love in us.
How often do we, as human beings, take an offense by someone and hold fast to it. We read 1st John and even agree with it. Yet with our actions, we tell the world outwardly that we don’t love God. If you can’t show love to everyone you come in contact with, how can you be a reflection of our heavenly Father?
It’s important to be clear here. The Bible doesn’t say “love those with Christian morals and beliefs”. It doesn’t say “love others only if they are heterosexual or vote for a specific politician”. Besides, how can we show Christ’s love for them if we aren’t showing our own love for them?
On raising Godly children…
Kids love to emulate their parents. This is a given, a truth. Even in rebellion, they emulate our own rebellious naturewhich is often why it drives us so completely batty. Your children will also emulate your outward showing of love – or lack thereof. When you are angry with your wife, how do you display that anger? Do you work through your issues with love as the underlaying foundation or do you result to insults, manipulation, and/or outbursts? When you talk about others at home, do you use cautious wording? Do you show love both, to other’s faces as well as when you speak about them privately at home?
Your children will learn your ways and their lives will reflect your core values as they grow up and age in your household. Do you want Godly children that love and revere Christ? This verse is a GREAT start to the process. God is love. If we strive to be like God, then we strive to love too. What an amazing example we can be to our children if we can work on this in our own relationships and interactions!
Psalty sings it best (warning, King James wording ahead ):
Beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God, and everyone that loveth, is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not *clap clap clap* knoweth not God – for God is love. Beloved, let us love one another. – First John Four : Seven and Eight
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