LET'S REMEMBER: John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Christopher loved to pet his dog's fur. Spike liked it too. He wagged his tail, and every so often, he opened his sleepy eyes.
"You certainly like that animal," said his aunt. "I can feel his love," said Christopher. "When I put my fingers deep in his fur, I can feel that Spike loves me."
"Can you feel my love when I give you a hug?" his aunt asked, reaching out to pull her arms around Christopher. He nodded.
"I can feel love all over this room," said Christopher. "There's love in this whole, big entire house!" "God has given us a wonderful family," agreed his aunt. "We're all a part of God's family too. That makes us special."
Which family members live with you? Which family members live in other places?
Some abstract concepts are difficult for children to understand, but love is one of the easiest to teach: there are simply so many ways to demonstrate love. Of course, when we comfort a sick child in the middle of the night or make a special effort to prepare a favorite food, a child doesn't say, "Mommy loves me." However, our repeated, caring actions communicate clearly without words. Because God surrounds us with His love, a similar type of love flows easily and consistently from our parent-heart.
PRAY ABOUT IT:
Thank you for my family. Please bless the people I love. Bless ___________. Thank You for making me part of Your family too. Through Jesus alone, Amen.
This week's devotion is taken from Little Visits at Bedtime by Dr. Mary Manz Simon (p. 68).