Putting "I Love You" Into Action Part 1

Mar 14, 2019

It’s a tale as old as time and true as it can be….that understanding your child can be a parental rollercoaster. We all love our children, obviously, but do you know what it means to make a true love connection with your son or daughter? Today we are going to delve into the words of apostle John so we can truly understand how to strengthen the love connection with our children.

Flipping to the back of the Bible, 1 John 3:18 (NLT) states “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” John’s saying that the best way to communicate love is through the unity of TRUTH and ACTION. One way to do this is to understand your child’s primary emotional touch point (also known as a love language).

An emotional touch point a way to effectively communicate love to one another. The incredible notion is that when we understand how to love with biblical love, we are able to “walk as Jesus” or in other words “walk as LOVE.”

Loving your child with…

  • Purposeful Service - Acts of Service

A synonym for the word purposeful is Deliberate which means “carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional.”

There are numerous acts of service that must be completed through our everyday life such as, driving kids to school, financial responsibility, meal preparation, family accountability, etc. However, there is a difference with a deliberate act of service. It’s an act of service that is distinct from the daily chores that says “you’re special to me”.  

A purposeful act of service is:

  • separate
  • special
  • intentional

 Ways to show purposeful service to your child:

  • Make your act of service personal to his or her personality
  • Making them a special treat or their favorite meal
  • Making their bed when you know they have a long day ahead of them
  • Checking out library books you know they’d enjoy
  • Sitting down to do homework together
  • Asking “how can I help you today?”

What is something you can do to show your child Biblical Love?  After you have some ideas put it on your to-do list and calendar, be intentional to make it happen!!

Brainstorm actions that you can implement daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly to speak their Love Language. 

(And while you are at it, consider how can you show Acts of Service to your spouse😉)

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring all six love languages.

Today let's put our focus on implementing Acts of Service!


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Comment below any additional acts of service actions that we can use to show our children love.

 

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