Actions of Love, Part 3

  1. Correcting- Jesus was known to correct false teaching publicly, he confronted people’s sin, he corrected his disciples, even rebuking their unbelief. He knew how to correct by showing the sinner their sin, telling them to repent and turn from their wicked ways. If he did not correct the sin right in front of his face, what kind of example would he be? Yes, Jesus was kind and compassionate, loving and full of grace; but, he was also honest and was able to correct with love. How am I correcting my children? Am I just yelling at them for doing something wrong, or am I explaining what the bible says about the sin they committed? Am I showing them how Jesus would show them? Do I get mad and storm off, or do I stay and hug them after they have been punished so they know I love them so much I am willing to hurt their feelings to help them grow. Do I shed a tear with them when they repent?
  2. Praying- Jesus was always going off alone to a secluded place to spend time in prayer with God. I am sure he prayed over his disciples and their journey ahead. In Luke 11:1-4, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus taught them the Lord’s prayer. He taught them to come before God humble, praising His holy name, thanking Him for all he has provided, repenting, forgiving others who have sinned against them, and lastly, praying for God to help them keep their guard up against temptation. Have I been teaching my children to pray? Do I pray the way Jesus taught me? Do my children know that prayer is not a wish list of gifts we want but do not deserve? Do they understand prayer is a personal relationship with God?
  3. Dying- Jesus ultimately gave his life for us, because he loved us so much! He was willing to suffer through His gruesome death so that we could be forgiven, washed clean of our sin. What courage it took, what unconditional love! John 15:13 Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Mark 10:45 Jesus says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Who would I die for? My children? My spouse? My friends? The world? Jesus gave his extra special life, his perfect example of love was sacrificed so that I can be forgiven my sins. If I were to die today, what love would be passed down through my children? What legacy of Jesus would be left behind?

I know that got pretty deep, and usually I am all about the laughs and corny jokes… but God has really convicted me while studying the scripture and preparing this post for you.  This is not something to joke about. My kids mean the world to me! Why am I doing a half-hearted job at teaching them God’s love? From the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning, to the moment they lift into bed at night; I should be taking every opportunity that God gives me to teach them how Jesus loved! By intentionally speaking scripture into their daily lives, showing compassion in our community, feeding the hungry with my kids, praying for my children,the lost and loved ones around me, correcting in love and redirecting to God’s commands, and be willing to sacrifice my life for the sake of God’s kingdom. I don’t know about you, but I need to repent! I need to change my ways, to multiply Christ’s love, his unconditional love, so that my children will imitate me, so they will know how to love others well!

I think my Papaw would be proud that I have seen my wrong doing, repented, and will now work hard to correct the mistakes of my past. He would love me the same yesterday and today, he would not judge me or belittle me for it. He would have compassion on me, he would probably choke up with tears because he knows that now I get it, and will continue the legacy of Christ with my children that he left behind to me.

~Amanda

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