Day 15 dare:
If possible, remind your children today that “God is Love” (1 John 4:16) and that He deeply loves them. Pray with them that they will always know they can call on him as their loving, heavenly Father. And pray for yourself, that God will help you receive His love for you and make you a channel of His love to your children (John 15:9)
Today’s questions (from page 74):
What was the result of your interaction? Has God revealed anything new and refreshing to you about His love and the way you can love your children?
Every day, with each new dare, always bear in mind this one pervasive, reorienting truth: you are handling a divine opportunity to experience and represent the love of God. Our children are not playthings to be merely photographed or conveniences to make our lives complete. They’re not barriers to our freedom or monuments to our greatness. They may please us and make us proud. They may fail us and disappoint us. But our children are ultimately not about us. They are about the One who gave them to us, and about the love He has for them. ~ The Love Dare For Parents, page 73.
Today’s dare helps us focus on the fact that God loves our children infinitely more than we ever could. God placed them in our care as an opportunity to “experience and represent the love of God.”
We need to find rest in this truth. God our Father is much more invested in our kids than we are. So part of our goal as parents is communicating to our kids that God’s love for them is where real love comes from, along with their ultimate value as individuals. He is the One who loved them and uniquely created them. And His love can sustain them, no matter who rejects or disappoints them in life. “Even if my father and mother abandon me,” His Word says, “the Lord cares for me” (Psalm 27:10 HCSB)
So it’s not actually their cute expressions or youthful charm that enables us to love our children the way we should. Nor does any lack of respect or self-control mean we love them any less. We love them because “God is Love” (1 John 4:16) and because “He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
When I was little, my grandmother taught me to love people because God loves them. Even if I couldn’t find any other reasons to love them, there was always the fact that God loves them deeply, therefore, I need to love them.
Enjoy today’s day 15 love dare for parents about letting your children know God loves them.