A friend loves at all times…
How do you teach your child to be a good friend? Teach them to love. Simple, right? Maybe we should just stop this post right there, because that about sums it up on the single ingredient to being a good friend. I have an idea, though. Let’s dig a little deeper and see what clues we can find to this four letter word.
It means we must first love ourself. Mark 12:30-31 says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Teaching our kids to love who they are and who God created them to be will help them to love others. Loving others will then be a natural outflow of what they are already practicing. How do we teach them to love themselves? Call out who they are. Encourage them in their interests. Speak blessing over their lives.
It’s about others. Wait. Didn’t we just talk about loving ourselves? Well, yes, it starts there, but it can’t end there. Jesus knew this better than anyone else when He went to the Cross for our sins.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Teaching your child that life in general is not all about them can be an arduous task, but teaching them to love their friends selflessly will set them up for deep friendships that will last. I’m blogging about a few ideas on where to start on Faithgateway today!