Weekly Challenge: Show actions of love to those who mean the most in your life.
Valentine’s Day is overrated with the expectations of high dollar gifts, although gifts are great ways to show appreciation and love. The Bible clearly states it’s the man’s position to show love to the woman by loving her. Loving in a verb tense requires action.
My grandparents were married for over 60 years. I was fortunate to share the last days of my Nana›s life with my Papa. Right after she passed to her Heavenly home, my grandfather shared something with me that really stood out. He said, «Well we did it. Sixty years and not one fight. Yes we had disagreements, but we always talked through them. We would walk away and come back an hour or so later, then the issue didn›t seem so big. We would find the solution together.» What an example they were for our family of loving unconditionally day in and day out. They hugged us often and demonstrated affection that soaked into your heart.
I would ask each man to think how you would want your daughter to be treated on Valentine’s Day and every day. Does your daughter deserve flowers and expressions of love? Does she deserve to know she is loved? Does she view you as a loving father, created in God’s image? How would your daughter describe your leading in your household?
If you believe she deserves the best, then so does your spouse who is a part of the family team. Every woman is also someone’s daughter. She is the King of King’s daughter. A child of the most high God. She is a gift given to you to love. How you treat her gives the example to your daughter’s eyes of how a girl should be treated. Children are watching and learning the ways of the household in which they live.
Therefore, if you want good for your daughter then reflect that in the way you treat her mother or step-mother, grandmother or aunt. Doesn’t really matter the title, there are all kinds of households with children being raised with their parents, foster parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or foster parents. Each household needs the foundation of Jesus. The Bible warns us a house divided will fall.
God calls us to be givers and when we give with the right intentions, all are truly blessed.
Cheaper Ideas to show love and appreciation: write silly notes around the house and place them where she will see such as her coat pocket, mirror, purse, fridge (not only does she see, but so do the children), buy a $1 card, cook dinner and turn off all electronics enjoying a simple evening together, clean the house, play board games, take an afternoon or day trip sight-seeing, study the Bible together.
Remember we were created in Gods image. Men are called to be the Godly leaders of the household. Biblical principles bring the house in balance. The woman is a reflection of who is leading her. Making sure we reflect the right image is an important witness to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the King’s daughters. Know that you are loved by your Father in Heaven!!
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Mark 3:25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.