It is easy to say “I love you” to our children, but, demonstrative actions are required to confirm it.
- Do you lead them in daily family Bible time?
- Do you live out the Lord Jesus?
- Do you have daily personal Bible time?
- Do you worship with the family each week?
- Do you wear a seatbelt?
- Do you refrain from exciting and dangerous activities because you want to be around to provide for and disciple your children?
Some might wonder what the last two items have to do with loving your children. Love puts the needs of others above their own selfish interests. I am especially grieved when I hear about a dad who lost his life or was seriously injured by something that could have been avoided.
It is easy to buckle a seatbelt. Yet without doing that, it is also easy to be thrown from the car in an accident and be crushed by it. What about the thrill of blazing a trail down the ski slopes and impacting a tree at a high rate of speed? What about the exhilaration of a fast motorcycle ride on a beautiful day in the country only to end in disaster? Sadly, these are real examples.
If we truly love those entrusted to our care, it must change the decisions that we make.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).