Firstly, love enough to be patient and kind! Secondly, love enough that you won’t be jealous nor boastful nor proud nor rude. Thirdly, love enough that you don’t demand your own way, you don’t become irritable, and don’t keep records of being wronged. Love enough to not rejoice about injustice but instead rejoice whenever the truth wins out. Finally, love enough to never give up, to never lose faith, to always be hopeful, and to endure every circumstance!
Love God enough
Let’s be the dads who love God enough! Love God with all our hearts! Love God with all our minds! Love God with all our souls! Love God with all our strength! Love God with our entire being!
Love People enough
Never forget how Jesus explained that all the laws can be summarized by loving enough! Jesus explained it to us in scripture this way:
‘Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” ‘Matthew 19:19
So Jesus explained it this way:
‘Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” ‘Matthew 22:37-40
So, are you ready to love enough? Let’s consider how we can apply today’s verse of the day to being dads.
Ways to apply loving enough and today’s verse of the day to being the dads God created, purposed, and planned for us to be:
- Love your children unconditionally, just as God loves you unconditionally.
- Model your love for God by setting aside time each day for prayer, Bible study, and worship, and involve your children in these activities.
- Teach your children to love God by reading Bible stories together and discussing them in age-appropriate ways.
- Encourage your children to develop a personal relationship with God by praying with them and helping them to understand how God speaks to them.
- Show your children how to love others as God loves them by serving others and demonstrating kindness and compassion.
- Discipline your children in a loving manner, just as God disciplines those He loves.
- Provide for your family’s physical needs, but also teach them to trust in God for their spiritual needs.
- Be patient with your children, just as God is patient with us.
- Encourage your children to use their talents and abilities to serve God and others.
- Show your children how to love and respect their mother, just as God loves and respects His bride, the Church.