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A PARENT’S LOVE

2 Samuel 18:33 “The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’”

 STILL MY SON

 Even after Absalom’s attempted coup of David’s reign, David still loved him.  He was grieved over his death.  If you are a parent, you understand this.  No matter what our child does, they are still our child.  We will love them regardless.

The Lord is that way with us also.  He loves us unconditionally.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  But He won’t force us to love Him back. He won’t force us to obey.  David could have forced Absalom back into exile or could have imprisoned him, but that would have not made Absalom love him.

 TEACHING MOMENT

 We teach our children this kind of love by telling them that over and over and over.  We teach them this hugging and kissing them.  Parents, listen to me.  You can’t love your kids too much.  Now, I didn’t say to spoil them.  I said to love them.

Kids need love. Believe me.  I’m in my fourth decade of working with kids and families.  You can’t tell people too much that you love them.  They need to know when they see you that you are going to tell them that.  They need to know that if they need a hug they can come to you.

Are you in need of a hug today?  Here comes one – <<<>>>.  How about a holy kiss?  Here is comes – muah!  Don’t you feel better.  And just think.  God is always ready to hand those out.  Just ask.

 O Lord of love, thank You for unconditional love.  Thank You that I know You are always ready to hand out hugs and kisses to me through Your Spirit. 

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