It’s About Love
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It’s About Love
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Objects optional: Board games.
Why is it that most of us do not like rules? Could it be that we like to do things our own way? Then why do our parents and teachers continue to give us rules to follow?
But we need rules, don’t we? It wouldn’t be much fun to play a game of Candyland, or Old Maid, or Scrabble, or Tic Tac Toe, or Monopoly if we didn’t know the rules. Everyone would do their own thing, and there would be no game.
Because your parents love you, they provide you with rules to help you learn how to be happy and successful. They want you to know the rules for getting along with others. They set rules for when to go to bed and how to brush your teeth and what to eat and drink so you will be healthy. (Ask children to add to list of rules if time permits.)
These rules aren’t about punishment; they are about love. Because your parents love you they give you what you need and much more.
The apostle Paul tells us that we “…are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus” (3:26). Just as loving parents gives their children rules, so also, as children of God, we are given rules. We find those rules in the Bible and you could probably name a few of them.
The Bible teaches us that we are all children of God and loved by God. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or girl, young or old, African, American, or Japanese… Because we are loved by God we are given rules to help us do well and be happy. God, like a loving parent, gives us what we need and so much more.
The next time you grumble about rules, think about the person who loves you and wants the best for you. Think about God’s rules that are given with love. Think about being “children of God.”
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan