How to Love

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How are we to love? We are to love as God loves us . . . we are to show acceptance and appreciation . . . [to] accept each other as God accepts us. Too many parents refuse to accept and appreciate their children for what they are. That is why a million American children ran away from home last year. A team of Yale researchers has concluded that the majority of these runaways were attempting to escape an unhappy family situation. They yearned to be appreciated.

The causes of delinquency, we are told, are broken homes, poverty, lack of recreational facilities, poor physical health, racism, working mothers, and so on . . . The experts never seem to mention the lack of love, or the lack of faith in God. Yet these are the two most important elements for an adolescent’s successful maturity.

How long has it been since you praised your children instead of criticizing them? David prayed for Solomon and daily praised him, and we are to praise our children daily. Praise your wife. I have found that praise goes a lot further than criticism. Everybody needs to be appreciated.

Prayer for the day

It is so easy to criticize those close to me; but Lord, give me Your unreserved love so that they may know how deeply I appreciate them.

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18 Comments

  1. Bonnie Jenkins says:

    Amen, Love your children as God does!!! (:

  2. BOBBY says:

    BEING A PARENT IS HARD, THE HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER HAD TO DO. BUT IT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING THING AS WELL. I OWE BEING ABLE TO RAISE TWO BOYS BY MYSELFAND TRYING TO RAISE THREE STEP DAUGHTERS TO GOD ALLMIGHTY, BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN THERE FOR ME AND GIVE ME THE STRENGTH.THANK YOU GOD AND THANKS TO THE GRAHAMS FOR ALL THEY DO.

  3. Christina says:

    Thank you for this lovely devotion… Amen

  4. Gerry says:

    Kind words can have a huge impact in a child’s life, ( or an adult) like ” Well Done” or ” Great Effort” . These, and other words of encouragement are great self esteem builders. Help build their confidence with positive affirmation. God will be pleased.

  5. sarah vital says:

    Amen

  6. adepeju robert james says:

    O Lord Jesus Christ give me grace and mercy to love and to be appreciated like you