Definition of love:
If we first look up the definition of love in God’s Word then we find in 1 Corinthians 13 that ‘Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away.’
So as we begin our today and look to God for His help in being the dads He created, purposed, and planned for us to be, let’s go back to the basics and start with love!
Do you realize how much love God has for you?
Firstly, with God as our Heavenly Father, let’s be the dads who look at His example to help us live our lives to the full! Secondly, let’s be the dads who lead with love! Thirdly, let’s be the dads who live life sacrificially for the benefit of our wives and kids! Finally, let’s be the dads who look for ways and opportunities to forgive and reconcile!
Consider what we can learn from God’s Word and how we can apply today’s verse of the day towards being the dads we are supposed to be. What can we do on a consistent basis to find and take opportunities to demonstrate love and grow in our role as dads? Let’s be the dads who allow God to fill us to overflow with His love so that we can pour into the lives of our wives and kids!
Applications of love from Romans 5:8 towards being the dads our wives, kids, and world need us to be, overflowing with love:
- Embrace Unconditional Love: Just as God demonstrated His love for us while we were still sinners, strive to love your family unconditionally. Let them know that your love is not based on their performance or achievements but is steadfast and unwavering.
- Show Forgiveness: As humans, we make mistakes. When your children or spouse make errors, be quick to forgive and extend grace. Model forgiveness by acknowledging your own faults and seeking forgiveness when necessary.
- Practice Patience: Patience is a vital aspect of love. Recognize that your family members are individuals with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Be patient with their growth and development, allowing them space to learn and make progress.
- Be Present: In a world filled with distractions, make a conscious effort to be present with your family. Set aside quality time to engage in meaningful conversations, play together, and create lasting memories. Show them that they are a priority in your life.
- Listen with Empathy: Develop the skill of active listening and empathize with your family members’ thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Seek to understand their perspectives without judgment or interruption. This demonstrates your love and validates their experiences.
- Nurture Spiritual Growth: Help your family members grow spiritually by sharing biblical teachings, praying together, and attending religious activities. Encourage a personal relationship with God and provide guidance and support in their faith journey.
- Teach by Example: Children often learn by observing their parents’ actions. Set a positive example of love, integrity, compassion, and respect. Your behavior will shape their understanding of what it means to be a loving individual.
- Foster Open Communication: Create an atmosphere of open communication within your family. Encourage your spouse and children to express their thoughts, concerns, and dreams. Listen attentively and respond with love and understanding.
- Serve Others: Teach your family the importance of serving others and make it a family practice. Engage in community service, volunteer together, or support charitable causes. By serving others, you demonstrate love and compassion in action.
- Practice Self-Care: To be the dad your family needs, take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Prioritize self-care activities that recharge you, such as exercising, pursuing hobbies, seeking support from friends, and setting boundaries. When you care for yourself, you can better care for your loved ones.