As we have journeyed through how to be a 1 Corinthians Mom, we have learned so much about the different character traits of love. We started with two positive expressions of love, patience and kindness. Then we talked through eight different verbs of what love is not like. Now we end on four absolute truths of love.
- Love never gives up.
- Love never loses faith.
- Love is always hopeful.
- Love endures through ALL circumstances.
When it comes down to it, the song is right: “All you need is love.” It is love that keeps us going. Love for our children is what gets us up in the morning ready to do it one more day. It is love, after a long battle of the wills that melts their heart and gives us strength to do it all over again.
Love believes the best in our kids. Love is what motivates us to never give up on them. Love so deep in our soul that puts us on our knees to pray even harder for their souls. Even on the bad days, the days when their wills battle against our own, our love for them flows out as we rock them to sleep at night.
There is nothing that love would not do, especially when it comes to our kids.
As I look at this list of four different traits of love, I am struck by the order that God has put them in.
The first trait is a decision that we need to make. We need to choose to not give up. We need to choose every morning to start the day afresh, to love our children no matter what they throw at us.
The next two traits are vital in accomplishing the last trait. There are battles that we will face during motherhood that will bring us to our breaking point, but it is in those moments that we need to rely on our faith and in the hope of the future. Faith is the assurance that God’s word is true and it will accomplish what it says it will do.
Faith is believing that if you raise a child in the knowledge and teaching of the Lord, that when He is older He will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Faith is believing that God gives strength to the weary and wisdom to those who ask.
Our faith builds our hope and our hope is what allows us to endure through ALL circumstances.
I was reminded today of the story of Abraham. In Genesis 15:6 it says, “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Because of Abraham’s faith God said in Genesis 18:19, “I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” Abraham believed God. He had faith that what God said was true and because of his faith, and he was able to continue through trials with the hope of a promise yet to come.
If we continue to work at training our kids, here a few of God’s Promises for them and for us.
Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
Proverbs 2:1-7 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those who walk is blameless.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
I deeply desire to walk in the peace and assurance that comes from doing God’s will. I know in loving my kids the way God intended I am helping to secure a future for them that is bright and full of joy and promise. Will you join me in loving our kids in this way? Don’t let Satan defeat you! Hold on to the hope you have inside and have faith that God is with you every step of the way! As a C13 Mom, you can endure through ALL circumstances!
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Note: The NIV translates the first line as ‘bears all things.’ However, the NLT uses ‘never gives up,’ which more closely captures the meaning of the Greek word.