Reflecting God’s Love With Our Parenting

We all want our children to grow up to be good individuals. We want them to be successful, happy and most importantly close to God. I pray everyday that my kids will have a strong faith and connection with God all the days of their lives. Hence, my husband and I make it a point to take our children to church every Sunday, try to pray the rosary everyday, and make his word and his ways a natural part of our everyday family life.

But this morning, I was reminded by “Parenting: Modeling God’s Love” that aside from the intentional things that I do to help strengthen the foundation of the faith of my children, I need to make sure that how I am raising them reflects God’s love for them. And what kind of love is this? The Apostle Paul offers a very beautiful description in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

“Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.

It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.”

I hope that I am capable of emulating this love in my parenting techniques. My children deserve to be cared for in a manner such as that spoken of by Paul the Apostle.