But how can we show love if we haven’t been loved?
We need an example of course! And what better one can we have than looking at the love Jesus has for us!
In the same way, we as parents (and aspiring parents!) must follow in His Footsteps, leading in paths of righteousness, feeding with love and patience, and creating a safe house for our children to develop and mature in … to secure them, in Him, and in love.
Of course love consists of two sides: giving and receiving.
In giving, action is taken. In receiving, feeling is experienced. It is not always such a simple task to give love, for sometimes you don’t know how your way of giving that love, will be received.
Different people will interpret love in various ways. You get, for instance, those who say they love, but don’t show it. On the other hand, you have those who go through the motions of showing love, but never voice it. And then there are those who practice both, but have no emotions going along with it.
There is a balance in all of these.
That balance we will have if we live, and move and have our being in Him. Jesus Christ is our perfect example of love, because He is Love. Let’s look for instance how He acted out love in the practical, every day life during those three years of His ministry on earth.
Matthew 8:2-3 “2 And behold, a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me. 3 And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed.”
Mark 10:13 “13 And they kept bringing young children to Him that He might touch them, and the disciples were reproving them [for it].”
Luke 22:51 “51 But Jesus said, Permit them to go so far [as to seize Me]. And He touched the little (insignificant) ear and healed him.”
Luke 23:34 “34 And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them. [Ps. 22:18.]”
You see here that Jesus expressed love through touching, speaking, weeping, healing, and praying. These are just a few examples. There is a vast spectrum to be seen in the Word which portrays the infinite love He demonstrates even today in a great variety of manners … whether it be supernaturally or through His Body here on earth.
Become still for a moment, look inside your own heart, and discern what your greatest need is. Is it perhaps to feel loved, accepted? God has created man with this vacuum, which can only be filled by love, firstly, from God and then from man’s fellow creatures. And He has created us with the capacity to give love.
Credits – Amanda Buys.
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