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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30 Comments

  1. Deborah says:

    I Want To Grow Spiritually

  2. Sue says:

    Amen. Thank you for sharing these words.

  3. tom reno says:

    please add me to your devotions

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Tom,

      We don’t send out a daily devotion but you can find them at: http://billygraham.org/devotions/

  4. Rosario Lewis says:

    Love saved me and I can through this love save some one else. Jesus is greater than any situation in our life. Glory to God. Amen

  5. Omonor Wade says:

    Love and kindness are hard to give in contrary situations. We cannot give such on our own strength. We need to daily trust God to help us to commit to a life of love. Only then can we actually experience the strength to carry on. It is the most rewarding thing to do. Years later, you can look back and be thankful.

  6. sarah says:

    Thank you for putting this devotion up daily, it helps with my walk with our Father as I have been struggling to keep my walk. I am really trying to get right again. Please pray for me so I can show my children the right way. Please also keep my children and husband in prayer to also keep their faith. Thank you, have a blessed day.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Sarah,

      It is good to hear the daily devotion is encouraging you! If you’re interested in growing in your faith and having a close, meaningful relationship with Jesus, we encourage you to check out KnowJesus. It’s a short, self-paced, free online course, and you can even have your own online mentor guide you through it: http://bit.ly/KnowJesusCourse

      We are praying for you.

  7. margareta cronholm says:

    Thank you dear Mr. Billy Graham. Something wonderful is going to happen soon in my life. It all has to do with love. I praise the Lord God. Amen.

  8. Pamela Schmiedeler says:

    Praise accomplishes so much more than criticism. From family to friends to even my work in the corporate world as a manager praise will always have a positive impact.