God’s command is to love one another which will show that He is in and with us! Firstly, Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind! Secondly, Love our wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. Thirdly, Love our kids by not provoking our children to anger, but bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord! In doing so we are living our priorities as dads to the full. Fourthly, we need to love one another, loving our neighbors as ourselves!
What does love one another mean:
1 Corinthians 13 is a famous chapter in the Bible that describes the qualities and characteristics of love. According to this passage, love is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, not resentful, not rejoicing in wrongdoing, but rejoicing in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends1.
To apply this definition of love towards how to live your life, loving one another, you could try to:
- Be patient with yourself and others, especially when they make mistakes or have different opinions from you.
- Be kind to yourself and others, showing compassion, generosity, and forgiveness.
- comparing yourself to others or feeling jealous of what they have or do.
- bragging about yourself or putting others down to make yourself look better.
- arrogance or thinking that you are better than others or that you know everything.
- rudeness or disrespectful to yourself or others, even when you disagree or are angry.
- selfishness or demanding your own way, but consider the needs and feelings of others.
- being easily provoked or holding grudges, but learn to control your emotions and let go of bitterness.
- being happy when others suffer or do wrong, but be happy when they do well or do right.
- honest and faithful to yourself and others, and value the truth over lies.
- supportive and protective of yourself and others, and do not give up on them or yourself.
- optimistic and hopeful for yourself and others, and do not lose sight of your goals or dreams.
- resilient and persevering in yourself and others, and do not let difficulties or challenges stop you or them.
By following these guidelines, you can show love to yourself and others in your daily life and experience the joy and peace that love brings. Remember that the greatest of these is love1. 😊Summary provided by chat.bing.com
Therefore, let’s be the dads who unselfishly love and seek the best for one another. Furthermore, let’s be the dads who as we shine for God radiate His love to everyone that He brings across our path. Additionally, let’s be the dads who love one another because we know that everyone who loves others is born of God and knows God through personal experience.
How can we apply today’s verse of the day to become the dads our wives, kids, and world need us to be? What can we do with it to help us live up to the full potential God has put into us so that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory?
Applications of 1 John 4:7 towards being the dads who live in alignment to our priorities for the sake of our wives, kids, and world and the glory of God:
- Pray for your wife and kids every day, and thank God for the gift of having them in your life.
- Spend quality time with your wife and kids, and show them your affection and appreciation.
- Listen to your wife and kids, and respect their opinions and feelings.
- Encourage your wife and kids, and help them grow in their faith and talents.
- Lead your wife and kids, and set a good example for them in your words and actions.
- Protect your wife and kids, and provide for their physical and emotional needs.
- Serve your wife and kids, and help them with their chores and responsibilities.
- Honor your wife and kids, and speak well of them to others.
- Forgive your wife and kids, and ask for their forgiveness when you make mistakes.
- Share your wife and kids, and invite others to join your family in fellowship and ministry.
Love One Another starts with modeling it in the home:
These are some ways that you can apply 1 John 4:7 to your role as a dad. Of course, there are many more ways that you can show love to your wife and kids, and to others as well. The important thing is to remember that love is from God, and that He loves you and your family more than you can imagine. By loving one another, you are reflecting His love and glorifying His name. 🙏