September 8, 2020
I'd like you to take a few minutes and think about your family. You probably have a to-do list, and much of what's on that list revolves around them, and that's good. But I want to remind you to put them on your love list as well. It's so easy to forget, especially as the years go by, that our spouse and children are gifts whom God has given to us. We're not just supposed to do things for them, we're supposed to celebrate them, enjoy them, and love them every single day.
So what do you do when someone in your family can't seem to get it together? What is your attitude when someone you love keeps messing their life up? It's easy to get upset and tell them how bad they are, but what good does that do? The Scripture says, "Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24). When they can't seem to do anything right, God says to think about how you can spur them on toward love. You dwell on what might help them. You don't give up on them and think they can't change. If you can spur someone on in God's love, good deeds will follow. If you can strengthen them in God's love, their life will become better. Love is powerful! God is saying, "Love them always, love them anyway."
I was thinking the other day about how God has freely given us His grace, forgiving and covering all our failures and mistakes. No matter how many times we fail and mess up, God never gives up on us. His amazing love never runs out. To know the love of God is such a beautiful, secure position to be in. But God hasn't poured His love into our lives just so we can enjoy it. The apostle John says, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:11). The same unfailing love that He has given us is for our spouse and children, our relatives and friends, our neighbors and coworkers. He blesses us so that we can spread the blessing.
God has empowered each of us through His love, His grace, and His mercy to set the tone of love within our families. It's up to us to stir up the love, to make them know that they are secure in our love, to tell them we love being a part of their lives and are proud of them, and to be our very best for them. We love because we have God's love to give.
Who's on your love list? Don't forget to let them know!