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Is Your
Love Showing?

God tells us in I Corinthians 13:4-8 what love is like.  Here are a few thoughts to stimulate your further consideration.


1.  Love is patient.

We are loving when we are willing to give up our time in consideration of someone else or to explain a math concept yet again.


2.  Love is kind.

Sometimes we need to stop and evaluate whether it is real kindness, or the easy way out, when we fail to lovingly confront a problem with a loved one or discipline our children.


3.  Love does not envy.

We might not recognize it as such when we envy another home schooler who apparently has it all together when we feel that we do not.


4.  Love does not brag.

It is sometimes a fine line between affirming the benefits of home schooling and bragging.


5.  Love is not arrogant.

This might be a temptation when we are standing up for our rights or what we think is right.


6.  Love does not act unbecomingly.

A test for this one might be: would we act and talk the same way to our family if a friend were present?


7.  Love does not seek his/her own.

Selflessness is a true badge of love. This is not the world's way, but God will reward us for it.


8.  Love is not easily provoked.

If we find ourselves taking everything the wrong way, it's time to realize that we need love "to cover a multitude of sins."


9.  Love thinks no evil.

Give others the benefit of the doubt and don't jump to the worst conclusion. Don't hold a grudge or remember past wrongs.


10.  Love does not rejoice in iniquity.

The failure of public education should make us sympathize with those harmed, not rejoice that the schools are so bad.


11.  Love rejoices in the truth.

We should be happy when justice is done.


12.  Love bears and endures all things.

Yes, life is hard, but love enables us to bear wrongs against us, even by those we love.


13.  Love believes and hopes all things.

Oh, the many mothers who have never given up on their families, but have prayed and believed, and hoped that they would follow the Lord!


How can you be a truly loving person?

The Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in the lives of those who abide in Him (Galatians 5:22, 23).




"The Love of God"

Words by Frederick M. Lehman,
written in 1917. Public Domain

This song beautifully describes God's love for you.


God's Love Is Unsurpassable

     The love of God
          is greater far
     Than tongue or pen
          can ever tell;

     It goes beyond
          the highest star,
     And reaches to
          the lowest hell.

     The guilty pair,
          bowed down with care,
     God gave His Son
          to win;

     His erring child
          He reconciled,
     And pardoned from
          his sin.

Chorus:

O love of God, how rich and pure!
    How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure
    The saints' and angels' song.

God's Love Is Unconditional

     When hoary time
          shall pass away,
     And earthly thrones
          and kingdoms fall;

     When men who here
          refuse to pray,
     On rocks and hills
          and mountains call;

     God's love, so sure,
          shall still endure,
     All measureless
          and strong;

     Redeeming grace
          to Adam's race,
     The saints'
          and angels' song.

God's Love Is Indescribable

     Could we with ink
          the ocean fill,
     And were the skies
          of parchment made;

     Were every stalk
          on earth a quill,
     And every man
          a scribe by trade;

     To write the love
          of God above
     Would drain
          the ocean dry;

     Nor could the scroll
          contain the whole,
     though stretched
          from sky to sky.



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 In This Issue 

The Greatest of All Is Love

"But now faith, hope, love, abide these three;
but the greatest of these is love."
 
1 Cor. 13:13

•  Who Should We Love?
•  5 Practical Ways To Show Love
•  True Love and Purity

 Sidebar 

•  Is Your Love Showing?
•  "The Love of God"

 Recommended Resources 

•  Birch Court Books: Great Read-Aloud Series
•  Systematic Mathematics: DVD Math Curriculum


Greetings,

The greatest of all is love!  This makes it the most important thing that we can teach our children.

Jesus gave a summary of all God's commandments as:

1.  Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength and

2.  Love your neighbor as yourself.
(Matthew 22:35-40 and Mark 12:28-31).

In this issue we suggest some specific and practical ways your can show love to those around you – all year long.

May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory.


Cordially,

     The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
     Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.


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  Who Should We Love?  

Just as God loves everyone, so are we to love.


1.  The Lord Our God

"You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul
and with all your mind"
(Matthew 22:37)


2.  Your Husband/Wife

"The young women to love their husbands . . ."
(Titus 2:4)

"Husbands, love your wives,
just as Christ also loved the church
and gave Himself up for her"
(Ephesians 5:25)


Resources

 •  Love Busters.  Dr. Willard F. Harley, author of His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage, identifies the most common love busters in marriage (or any relationship) as selfish demands, disrespectful judgments, angry outbursts, annoying habits, independent behavior, and dishonesty.

     In Dr. Harley's Marriage Builders website, you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love.

 •  The Marriage Series, nine DVDs by Dr. S.M. Davis at solvefamilyproblems.com.

 •  Family Life.  This large website, familylife.com, has many resources for a healthy marriage.

 •  Fireproof DVD and The Love Dare book.


3.  Our Children

"The young women . . . to love their children"
(Titus 2:4)

 •  See Newsletter #277 on how to nurture our children.


4.  Brothers and Sisters in Christ

"A new commandment I give to you,
that you love one another,
even as I have loved you,
that you also love one another.

"By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another"
(John 13:34, 35)


5.  Everyone

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself"
(Matthew 22:39)


6.  The Needy and Unlovely

"If a brother or sister is without clothing
and in need of daily food,
and one of you says to them,
"Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,"
and yet you do not give them what is
necessary for their body, what use is that?"
(James 2:16).

"If you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them"
(Luke 6:32)

Find someone that you would not naturally show love to and do so for the Lord's sake.  He loved us when we were unlovely to Him.


7.  Those Who Have Done Us Wrong

"But I say to you who hear,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you"
(Luke 6:27, 28)



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  5 Practical Ways To Show Love  

"Little children, let us not love
with word or with tongue,
but in deed and truth"
(1 John 3:18)

Show love (and teach your children to do so also) in the following ways on Valentine's Day – and all year long!



1.  Show Your Love with:  Words

Words are a very powerful way to express feelings.

The more specific your words, the more meaningful they are.  Tell your loved one how much you love him, how important he is to you, and how much you appreciate certain of his attributes or actions.

Look for ways to express what is in your heart in either spoken or written words on a regular basis.

God used words to tell us how much He loves us.  We can use words in prayer and songs of praise to tell God that we love Him.


Cards

A traditional Valentine (or other occasion) card can be bought or creatively hand made.

 •  Find detailed instructions to make elegant cards using a variety of materials and techniques at cardinspirations.

 •  Find Christian e-cards at crosscards.com or dayspring.com.


Daily Words of Love

Establish the habit of saying something kind to each member of your family every day.

Maybe as you are saying goodnight, you could thank each one for specific contributions they made to the family that day, commend their acts of thoughtfulness and kindness, and tell them something you appreciate about them.

This can become a special time that your family will look forward to each night and can make a difference in attitudes and actions within the family.


Praise to Others

Let your loved ones hear you praising them to others.


Letters

A hand-written letter can be (and usually is) kept and cherished for life.

Write to your husband, children, and loved ones to tell them of your love; your hopes, aspirations, and prayers for their future; etc.


Telephone Calls

Phone calls are very inexpensive now.  You can call a friend across the country and have a 20-minute visit for under $1.

Just a short time to catch up on news and let your friend know that you are praying for her and that you value your friendship can be a tremendous and needed encouragement.


Sharing the Good News of Salvation

If you truly love someone that isn't saved, you will want to give them the Gospel.

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes"
(Romans 1:16)

Gospel tracts, such as Steps to Peace with God, and scripture portions, such as the Gospel of John from Pocket Testament League make an excellent aid in witnessing.

Tip: If you have time when sharing, read through the tract or plan of salvation (included in the front of the Gospel of John) with the recipient and ask if they have questions.



2.  Show Your Love with:  Time

Time spent together focusing on your loved one, his needs, and his interests is a genuine act of love. Just being together is the best gift you can give to those you love.

In your family, this can be made a regular routine, such as:

 •  Arrange to drop everything and spend the first 10-15 minutes with your husband when he gets home or go on a walk together.  Do not monopolize the time with your concerns; listen to the report of his day.

 •  Schedule time alone, even 5-10 minutes, with each of your children each day.  One suggestion is to have a helper with you for each of your tasks such as cooking, laundry, errands, etc.  Use the time together to visit, talk about his interests, but especially to listen to your child.

 •  Invite a friend or family over for a meal or a neighbor in for a cup of tea.

 •  Visit a shut-in and ask him to share something about his life.

 •  And don't forget to spend time with the Lord each day!



3.  Show Your Love with:  Gifts

It really is the thought that counts – your gifts do not need to be large or expensive to be valued as a tangible expression of your affection.

Small purchased or handmade gifts that show your thoughtfulness could include flowers, a pen or pencil, a hair clip or piece of jewelry, a pot holder, a tool, a wallet, an item to add to a favorite collection, framed photo, bookmark, handkerchief, favorite food, etc.

Gifts can remind your loved one of your love for him as he sees and uses the gift.

For those in real need, a more practical or substantial gift would be appropriate.

"But whoever has the world's goods,
and sees his brother in need
and closes his heart against him,
how does the love of God abide in him?"
(1 John 3:17).



4.  Show Your Love with:  Acts of Service

Serving the needs of a loved one really shows that you care.

Do one of your loved one's regular chores, run an errand, do something he hasn't had time to do, sew on a button or mend a garment, notice something he needs and bring it to him, etc.

Opportunities for service to those outside your family might include providing a meal, running errands, doing yard work, or providing child care for the sick, shut-ins, busy home-school mothers, etc.



5.  Show Your Love with:  Physical Touch

 •  Hugs, kisses, and other shows of affection are appropriate for family members.

 •  A hand shake, or hug for a member of the same gender, is appropriate for others.



The Five Love Languages

Read more about the ways that you can show love to others in these three books by Gary Chapman:

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
The Five Love Languages of Children
The Five Love Languages of Teenagers.

Discover your, your husband or wife's, and children's love language with a short online quiz.




  True Love and Purity  

This Valentine's Day might be a good opportunity to talk to your children about the difference between real love between a man and a woman (e.g., unselfishly seeking the welfare of the other and committing to life-long marriage) and the world's use of the word "love."

Depending on the ages of your children, you might need to scale it down for all of them, and then have a more specific conversation with your older children.

Do not assume that Christian children, growing up in a godly Christian home, know about these issues.  You need to come straight out and talk about them.

For instance, most will agree with the concept of keeping themselves pure until marriage, but what exactly does that mean to you?  To them?  And how is that ensured?

One of the most basic rules of conduct for you and your children is:

Never be alone with a member of the opposite sex unless you are married to him/her or he/she is part of your immediate family.

This rule was common for all decent people, Christians or not, in our country until relatively recently when the practice of dating became common.  This rule:

•  Protects you and another from temptation too great to bear.

•  Protects you from abuse or harm.

•  Protects your reputation from false accusations.

•  Provides a good example so that others may enjoy the same protections.


Resources

•  Three books by Joshua Harris: Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated WorldI Kissed Dating Goodbye;  and Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship.

•  Series of 10 DVDs on Betrothal/Courtship/Dating by Dr. S.M. Davis, SolveFamilyProblems.com.






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