“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples; if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another…” (1 Peter 3:8)
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
“…if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:12)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)
“…I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.” (2 John 1:5)
“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” (1 John 3:23)
The most important thing we will ever teach our children is TO LOVE!
Loving God is above all else and loving others is very important to Him. It’s a part of the way we love Him. Not only is it a way to love God, but it is required. God has commanded us to love one another. So, that is exactly what we want to teach our children to do.
When we teach our children to love others, sharing becomes a requirement, not because it’s a nice thing to do, but because it embodies loving others.
That means that when we see them struggling with sharing we stop what we’re doing, we come to them gently and firmly and explain that we see them not wanting to share. We can humbly confess that we understand how difficult it can be to share because we struggle with that too, but then we explain how we are called by God to better things. Better things for us and for those He brings into our lives. We must share because love requires that we put the needs of others before our own. We then require them to act on their love and share.
-We teach them to share when they don’t feel like it because, as followers of Christ, we don’t let our emotions rule over us. Instead, we rule over our emotions and obey God despite not “feeling like it.”
-We teach them to share even when the other person is being unloving or unkind to us because God said we are to love others the way He loves us and He loved us while we were sinners. We are not to seek vengeance on our own for wrongs done to us, but allow God to deal with that. We can learn to love, even our enemies.
-We teach them to share when things are tempting them to love this world and the things of this world. We help them understand that everything belongs to God. We can show them that this world and everything in it is passing away. Our hearts are much safer and well cared for when they are fully committed to our Savior and not entangled in the fragile possessions of life that can be gone in a moment.
Sharing is nice, but that’s not why we do it. We share because we must love one another. This truth will lead our children to experience and express God’s great love.