Ephesians 3:16-20 I pray that he will use his glorious riches to make you strong. May his Holy Spirit give you his power deep down inside you. Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in him. And I pray that your love will have deep roots. I pray that it will have a strong foundation. May you have power with all God’s people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. And may you know his love, even though it can’t be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you. God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.
From My Heart to Yours
Probably everyone reading this blog today knows the famous children’s song “Jesus Loves Me”. The words ring so true to me. Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so. I began to think today about baby Christians as I think about this song. Do we teach them this song and the truth behind it regarding their relationship with Christ. DO WE REALLY TEACH THEM???
A long time ago I saw a news report on babies in orphanages in Russia. The news was highlighting how there were so many babies in Russia in the orphanages that was not enough manpower for the nurses to hold and nurture the babies. The problem was, according to the media, that in the first year of life the baby needs to be cuddled and talked to if it is to develop properly as a human being.
When someone we know accepts Christ are we doing our part to make sure they are getting the love they need to grow healthily? Here are some facts about love and how it impacts a both a baby and a baby christian.
1. He is happier and calmer. A child/baby christian who is loved is at peace with the world, and is able to bear disappointments better. Without love, the world is bleak.
2. He is more confident of himself. He knows that he is worthy of being loved, and that is a great boost to his self-esteem.
3. He can form better relationships with others. A loving relationship with the parent/other Christian’s and Christ makes him a kinder, more loving person. Lack of love hardens the heart, and he could become less prone to showing love for others.
4. Has a positive outlook on life. A child/christian who is loved looks at the world with enthusiasm. He will be eager to try and experience new things.
5. He will be more responsive to what parents/Christ tells him. Reproaches and scoldings become bearable when he knows he is loved.
The bible is clear that when we are saved we are just babies in Christ. As a new christian he has been adopted into God’s family. Those of us who are more mature in Christ have a responsiblity to care for the new baby christians. Are we like the nurses in the Russian hospitals doing the best we can to provide what the baby christians NEED only to survive or are we taking the time to show the LOVE that is needed to grow healthy Christians?
Lets Pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the love that you have for us and that you loved us so much that you sent your son to die for our sins. Help us to Lord to love others as you have loved us and create in us a desire to love and nurture the new baby Christians that you put in our paths. In Jesus name.