1 THESSALONIANS 4:9
“Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;”
Isn’t this a great verse? Paul knew the Thessalonians knew how to love. How? They had showed him love. They had showed Sylvannus and Timothy love. They had loved each other. But more importantly, they had loved their lost neighbors.
This kind of love only comes from the Father. You cannot love others. It’s not possible. Oh sure, you might for a while, but the first sign of trouble will alter that love. True love is from above. God teaches us that. It’s His love that lasts, not ours.
I have told you many times that applying a passage can be difficult. This is one of the easier ones. Kids love to love. They love to show love to others. Our job is to help them love through the Lord. As they come to know Him as their personal Lord and Savior, we can begin to model that kind of love. They are more likely to catch this than be taught this.
Loving like God is really simple. Look at each person as you think God would. He desires that all be saved, right? So, look at them that way. Teach your children to do that. If God wants them saved, they must be pretty special to Him. Treat them that way. When you or your child get challenged by this, remember that it is Christ loving through you.
Whom do you need to love today? Who needs a “bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck” today? Show the love of Christ to someone you haven’t before. Maybe it’s that pesty neighbor or coworker. Perhaps it’s a relative you prefer not to be around. Look at them as God would. Then you can love them as He does.
There is no way I can love like You, God. But You can love through me, if I will just surrender it all to You. Thank You for the privilege to love other