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Sunday, October 06, 2019

Love Alike

Love your children alike. Before we were told what love is, we were told  that all our special abilities means nothing in the absence of love. How sad it is when we at allow our differences hinder us from loving one another as we ought to. We make value judgments base on one's gift, thinking that God loves one person more because of the gift he/she has been given.
           How devastating it is for parent to think that God values one child over another, because of the gift evident in each child. In my previous post, I talked about the difficulty partiality brings into the family. Most of us are aware of the biblical examples of how favoritism and partiality lead to animosity and even murderous intentions. The highest gift of God is love and He gives to everyone. Love is the greatest, highest and the best gift in which God gives freely to all. This does not means that parent should not watch for special gift God has placed in the their child. As parent we all need to be aware to support and encourage our kids.
              How can parents encourage and support their child? Get to know your child. Find out what they are interested in. Be  alert to unusual maturity they exhibit in a particular attribute. You could be seeing the first sign of the  extraordinary gift God has given your child, which become more apparent as he or she grows and matures. On the other hand, watch for situations or circumstances where it seems a certain trait or tendency is being challenged. It maybe God is already working at that gift, stretching it to become bigger. That is why it is advisable not to jump in to rescue your child in a difficult situation. This could be an exercise in preparation for the task ahead.
         N/B, you simply may not know your child's gift, in the absence of clear direction, then, do everything you can to promote the good qualities you see in your child. Think outside the box when it comes to how your child may be gifted. And also how he or she can demonstrate the gift, in various situations of life.

8 comments:

  1. Great post, I agree with everything you say. Thank you for reminding me about the power of love!

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  2. As first carers of a child, parents should really know their chilren well--and yes, in the case of multple children, parents ought to love each one equally.

    My papa was like that. He never had favorites among us. He loved us for our individual strengths. My mom is different, though, she wouldn't admit to it but she was very partial to my other sister and we always teased her about it.

    Despite that, the slight favoritism didn't really bother us as much because we're all very close.

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  3. Are there parents who don't love all their children equally? I am not a parent but I can imagine that even with different personalities, you can't love one child more than another.

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  4. I don't know how anyone could not love their child and love them both equally for different reasons. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. In my culture especially in more traditional families, it’s actually quite common to love or favour a child more than another. For example the son usually gets more attention than the daughter. But luckily society has changed and that mindset is slowly become a thing of the past

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  6. This is uplifting as parents need to know that even though your children are different, love them the same. Give me the same attention and love!

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  7. I agree with this. I dont have a child yet but i felt my parents' love and how they treated us equally.

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