Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (I Cor 13:4-7)
I’m always amazed when at a mall, in a grocery store, or at some other public place
I hear a woman curse at her children. It happens surprisingly often.
Sometimes, the frustrated mother is yelling at the top of her lungs.
Sometimes, she’s speaking in a low, angry growl through clenched teeth.
Oftentimes, and perhaps most alarming, the mother sounds as if she’s just in the midst of casual conversation.
Not too long ago, I was sharing with my father some parenting concerns I had concerning my daughters.
I was frustrated, angry, and discouraged. He offered some insights, and suggested that my husband
and I read the children Psalm 139. The line, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" is contained within this psalm.
As I began to meditate on the content and meaning of this Psalm, I thought about my children as God must see them.
They are God’s great workmanship. His inspired design—intricately detailed, precisely created,
and known from the womb. I thought about conception, where sperm and egg meet,
and are transformed into a fragile bundle of cells that multiple to produce a person.
I thought of how sometimes, as in the case of a miscarriage, that person never comes to be.
How precious that life! There’s nothing random or casual about God’s creation.
I then thought about just how much the Lord loves us.
Because we are old enough to read and interpret the Bible, it’s easy to
begin to believe that His love and care and promises are only for adults.
But His love starts at conception! Verses 15 and 16 of Psalm 139 read,
"My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body."
The awesome love God has toward us, detailed in I Cor 13, begins long before we are able to read and reason.
It’s easy to say we love our children. I mean, we must because we carried them in our wombs, right?
I mean, we must because we feed, and clothe, and shelter them, right?
I mean, we must because we joined the PTA, right? Right???
Mothers become lovers when they have the wisdom to understand God’s great love toward us
and to follow His example in the rearing of their children.
Application: God is the original parent! He is truly the lover of our souls. 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love,
and that whoever does not love, does not know God. Do you know God?
Take a look at 1 Cor 13:4-7 and consider the way you love.
God’s love is transformative, restorative, redeeming, and motivating.
What does your love do for your child?
Affirmation: Help me to realize, Father, your great love for my children, and to follow your example concerning loving them. Lord, help me to love my children the way that you love me.