It is commonly known that children are fast learners. They are especially observant through what they see their parents or grandparents do. Children observe all things, the good, the bad, and the in-between. Parents, or parental figures, need to make a point to be exemplary examples for their children. For example, parents who love others irrespective of their shortcomings, transmit this virtue to their children. In John 15:12, the Lord Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” If you are a parent, it is important for you to demonstrate this commandment so that your children will learn it, as well.
If you fail to love an individual, you certainly cannot know him or her. If your vision is clouded by their negative qualities, then you will miss out on the positive attributes. Instead, if you see past the faults, and focus on loving the individual, then you will see beyond their faults. 1st Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” The Bible reminds us that love covers over a multitude of sins, so if you can complete this one action, then you are following God’s command.
The Bible explains that the love of God is complete in you when you love others explicitly. In other words, loving others is the best way to prove you actually love and have a deep heart for God. This is because every single individual human is the object of God’s love. 1 John 4:12 tells us, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” As you look at an individual, see God in them, in which you will see them through the eyes of love.
One of the ways you can learn to love others is by learning to love yourself. The first and greatest commandment is to love God. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39 instructs us on this, stating, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. If you can love and appreciate yourself, you will find it increasingly easier to love other people. If you love others, your heart will soften, lessening feelings of disdain towards others. Things like slander, gossip, defraud or lies will also lessen, as you start to truly love others with a heart filled with Christ.
Christian parents hold the responsibility of raising godly children. This includes teaching them to love others. Teach your children on how to accept and appreciate others; to look over their faults and weaknesses, to see God in people. Children learn best by imitation, so set the best example you can for your children. If you bring up your child to love others, then he/she will be a leader of great influence and charisma.