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Teach them to love

June 7, 2017

I always find Titus 2:4 interesting. The older women are instructed to train the younger women to love their husbands and their children.

We hear so much about a mother’s natural love for her children. And that it’s the men who need to learn to love their wives. We somehow have this understanding that it’s just natural for women to love others, especially their families. But here Paul says that the women need to be taught to love those who are closest to them.

Perhaps the conflict arises in the definition of love. Often love is defined as giving them what they want. Buying the children the toys, taking them to Disney, showing up to their games and concerts. Fixing a hot meal for your husband, having sex, and a good-bye kiss in the morning, packing love notes in his lunch.

Those actions are not necessarily bad and may be expressions of love. But biblical love goes beyond actions and things. Biblical love is sacrificial giving.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son… (John 3:16)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)

It may seem like a fine line, but it’s something we’ve got to learn – wives and mothers, husbands and fathers, fellow church members – all need to learn to love others like God loved us.

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