Sometimes I think the key to understanding the Father’s love is embracing the fact that it’s incomprehensible. It doesn’t make sense. Our finite minds cannot grasp how God can be so incredibly loving and gracious.
But, if that’s the case, how do we teach our kids about God’s love and how to live in light of His love?
First of all, let’s define what I mean by living in light of the Father’s love.
The first fourteen verses of Ephesians 5 tell us to do two things. One, walk in love (verse 1) and two, walk in light (verse 8). As I marry light and love, I realize that living in light of the Father’s love is as simple as walking in those two things…love and light.
How do we help our kids live in the light of God’s love?
When I think of God’s love, two phrases come to mind…choosing the highest good and selfless giving. God’s agape love continually chooses the highest good for us. Walking in that kind of love is embracing that God always has our best in mind, even when the best looks difficult. He’s a good, good Father, and we can rest in the security of that love. We also must teach our kids that living in light of the Father’s love is about giving. It’s about buying your friend ice cream. It’s about cleaning the dinner dishes. It’s about selling lemonade to build a home for a family in Africa. God’s love chooses the highest good, and it gives.
Now let’s talk about walking in light. It simply means not walking in darkness. Light pierces darkness. It’s not the other way around. Known as the cheap end of hotel accommodations, Motel 6 may not be on the list of top dollar places to lay your head, but their motto sure is. “We’ll leave the light on for you.” It creates a place of safety, welcome, and freedom. Teaching our kids to always tell the truth, creating a safe place for them to share their thoughts and their fears, and not judging their bad choices are a few ways to live in the light. As they continually leave the light on at home in their own hearts, their lives will be a shining light to do the same for others.
Chris Tomlin sings an incredible song that goes like this,
“You’re a good, good Father. It’s who You are. It’s who You are. It’s who You are. And I’m loved by you. It’s who I am. It’s who I am. It’s who I am.”
Is God ever a good, good Father! Not only does Chris Tomlin sing those beautiful lyrics, but he wrote a book about it! In Good, Good Father (which is absolutely precious, by the way), when the little bear asks the King what the perfect gift is, the King’s response is, “You are the perfect gift!” We are God’s perfect gift. It’s awesome. It’s incomprehensible, but it’s true. As we instill in our kids what it means to live in light of His love by resting in agape and leaving the light on, they will grow up feeling secure, knowing that God loves them and is right by their side. Do read the book to your children. It’s precious. You can pre-order it on Amazon now.
How do you teach your kids to live in light of the Father’s love?