We do not develop habits of genuine love automatically. We learn by watching effective role models – more specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other, day in and day out. Josh McDowell
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.
In the story of the prodigal son, the father loved both his children. His sons, however, did not enjoy an intimate relationship with their father so they didn’t appreciate him or love him. In spite of this, the father’s response to them did not change. He showed both his sons the same unconditional love.
Through his rebellion, the younger son left home, but when he had lost everything and after experiencing great hardship, he came to his senses. It was then that he said with great regret, “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger.” (Luke 15:17) This hard life lesson made him understand the love of the father and the blessings that even the servants in his household enjoyed.
On the other hand, the father waited patiently for a long time, enduring in faith. He did not count his losses or hold any offense against the prodigal son who had squandered his hard earned wealth. The father was a role model of unconditional love, forgiveness and generosity.
As parents, it is important for us to practise a walk of love because our children are watching us. It is our relationship with the eternal Father which will help us be a role model and win them over in our homes.
We are not perfect as we falter and make mistakes. However, if we do not cover up our failures but are humble enough to confess them before the Lord, He will restore and change us. Our family is a precious gift from God so let us love unconditionally, pray together and stay together.
I thank You so much that You have given me children. Help me to love them as You love and care for me. There is not a moment when You have let me down. May I never let my children down. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo and Manju