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John the apostle tells us that we learn love by looking at the love God has shown us. God’s love came first and it is a truly sacrificial love. “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 4:10).

Do you know what you love? Look at the people, activities, and things you’re attached to. Look at the sacrifices you make to see those people, do those activities, or use those things. These are the areas of your life where you love. Children can see where your priorities are, and where your love is directed.

God’s love helps parents counteract our natural selfishness. His love reveals itself in His commitment to us and His sacrifice for us, long after our emotions have faded away. Children learn God’s love through the sacrificial commitments we make to them and teach them to make.

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