How to Really Show Your Family Love

lovepinOne of my all time passages in the Bible is the one on love, its really quite amazing how much love is talked about in the Bible.

It shows us how important it is. The Bible is clear that it is important for us to love others, (spouses, our children, even our enemies) It tells us of God’s love for us,( For God So Loved the World He sent his son) and its clear that HE wants us to love Him back with everything we have(the greatest commandment is to love our God with all of our hearts, souls, and mind).

These famous verses have spoken to my heart a lot lately!  I could die for Christ(the greatest thing you could do) and if I don’t love, it means NOTHING!

I want to love more this year, I want people to feel my love for them not just with words but with actions!  I want my family to know how much they were loved by me.

It is so easy for our families to often get the worst of us.  I want my kids to remember me as a loving mom, not a cranky stressed out one.  I want to be the wife my husband  loves coming home to every night.  I want to encourage him and lift him up in prayer on the regular basis.   If we are our best for everyone else and not our family what is that saying?

Wouldn’t it be awful if we came to the end of our life and everyone talked about what a great person we were, what a great ministry we had, and how much we gave to others but our own family felt cheated.  That would be HORRIBLE.  Time is something we can’t get back.

I want my kids to look back and say, “my mom loved the Lord and she LOVED us and we felt it everyday of our lives.  I want my husband to say “she was my beloved, my soul mate, she made me a better man.

I want my Savior to know how much I love HIM so, how I long to feel close to him and honored I feel that I am HIS child!

My prayer is that where I lack God will show me and grow me so that I can love even more.  If we want to know how to show our family love, there is no better passage than this!  Read it and soak it in, then pass it on to the ones you love!!

1 Corinthians 13 Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,but have not love, I gain nothing.Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love!

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  1. Karla says

    Thank you for this! It’s what has been on my mind lately, too. I agree it would be awful to give your best to the world and leave your famiy feeling cheated. I want to love my family more this year. A perfect reminder!! Love you, karla

  2. says

    OH, I’m glad your here reading, it means so much to me. We do often take the people closer to us for granted, I know I do. Love you too and hope all is well with you.

    Love
    Angela

  3. says

    What a good word, Angela! Your statement about how horrible it would be, at the end of your life, if everyone else talks about how wonderful you were and what a ministry you had–that is such truth! I have always struggled with balancing my time. I would have to say that whether I was full-time teaching or preschool directing, or even doing “part time” preschool teaching/ministry, I have always given the best of myself to others. I wish I had had this true realization you have mentioned firmly enough rooted in my being to have acted upon it sooner, when my kids were younger. I am 52 and have 3 of my four children at college and 1 still living at home. I am thankful that I see God giving me opportunities to try to redeem that time, but I’ll never have it again when my kids were little. How I grieve this! How I grieve that my youngest child, who is now 15, does not want to go to church. I think a lot of this stems from me giving too much of my time to preschool ministry work. I put a lot on my husband asking him to regularly get our 4 young children to church by himself because I had to be there so much earlier than they did. Consequently, they missed a lot of church and/or have memories of stressed/rushed Sunday mornings when I was not there to help them get ready. How sad, that especially my youngest son does not know so many basic Bible stories when my life has been about helping preschoolers learn Bible stories?! Praying God will continue to work in my Carson’s heart and that He will continue to redeem the time I lost with all four of my children! Blessings to you, Angela! So thankful I stumbled onto you today!

    • Angela says

      Oh Debbie,

      Your comment touched me a great deal! I can just see and feel your heart across the words! I truly believe that not only did God die on the cross for our sins but that HE loves us so much that HE will redeem the time! He is SO mindful of you and the regrets and trust me sister, we all have them. God hears you, I will pray for your family-if you have not see the new movie “War Room” you should-it is a great reminder that God will take the burdens you can do nothing about- it is just your job to pray! So my advice to you is to pray, pray, pray and watch God redeem it all!!

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