Thursday, May 21, 2009

Modeling Love

The biblical picture of love is one of giving without expecting anything in return, accepting another person without conditions, and experiencing a security in the relationship that is not dependent on performance. This is a far cry from the shallow and self-centered type on the market today. And it is in the home where this love must be modeled. One of the greatest heritages I can leave for my children is to love their mother—to give my children a model of what it means for a man to love a woman. God intended that children learn this from their mother and father.

For example, when a young man says to one of my daughters, “I love you,” how is she supposed to know what that means? By watching television? By watching a movie or a video? No! God intended for my daughter to know what it means for a man to love her because she has seen me model that love toward her mother. That is the heritage I want to leave my children.

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