Luke 14: 13-14
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
Humans are prone to clicks and segregation of all kinds. You know it’s true— it starts at a young age and continues as we age— we are drawn to “like minded” people who are the same as us. You can see it in your children when they play on the playground or in school, they stick with their peer group and usually don’t venture outside of their comfort zone. Jesus, however, is the exact opposite. Jesus opens His arms to everyone and He wants His children to operate in the same way. Jesus calls us to love everyone, include everyone and offer love and friendship to everyone.
Teach your children how to accept everyone and love them unconditionally. Teach your children to be on the lookout for others who are excluded from the group and to welcome them in their game. Some children are born with tender hearts and this act of kindness will come natural to them. But for other children, this may be incredibly difficult— they may never “see” these types of scenarios or want to extend love to outsiders. You, as a mom, can make your child more aware of these situations and encourage them to show love. As followers of Christ, we need to love and accept everyone. Make sure that you are modeling this attribute in your life.
Father, Give to me a loving heart, a heart like yours, a heart that loves unconditionally and never rejects anyone. Teach me how to model a loving heart with my children, and grow in them a need and desire to live a life of love. I want to “see” everyone as the same and not put them in categories, but I know I need Your love in order to do that. Create in me a deep love for everyone.
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