The loved-and-loving paradigm

It was just a scrap of conversation, overheard as I walked to work one day. But it jump-started a train of thought that took me right to a healing truth in the Bible. Here’s what I caught: “We need to love him up so he will love his baby sister.”

I recognized the situation—a youngster rebelling at the introduction of a newborn sibling into his family circle. It’s an old story, sometimes having long-standing repercussions as kids grow up. What I appreciated, though, was the inspired solution: “Love him up.” This family member clearly had more than discipline in mind—she had the little boy’s interests at heart. More, she knew the power of love to melt his resistance, to turn it into affection.

Universal love
May 16, 2016

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