DAY 3: LOVE
God is love…We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:8b, 19
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
No earthly person loves your child more than you do. Sometimes the display of that love can get a little messy in the home. Let’s face it, sometimes it can get downright ugly in the teen years. 1 John reminds us that God is the definition and source of love. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us the attributes that display love to this world.
Today, first pray this love over you toward your student, and then over your student toward the world.
I know you are the source of love and love ______________ because you first loved me. Lord, grant me patience, grant me kindness. I rebuke envy, boasting and pride toward my child. May I show him/her honor, be selfless, resist anger, and keep no record of wrongs toward _______________. May I not delight in any evil toward or in ____________, but only rejoice in the truth. May I always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere.
Now Lord, I lift up __________________. Grant him/her patience and kindness. Protect and convict my child of any envy, boasting or pride. Make _____________ a person of honor, one who is not self-seeking, or easily angered; someone who is quick to forgive and does not hold grudges. God, please raise _________________ to be a person who will not delight in evil but rejoice in the truth. May he/she be known as one who always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Get Practical: What specific ways do you need step up in practicing love toward your child?