Christian Parenting 3: The bond is love

BOND, n. Anything that binds, as a cord, a chain, a rope; a band. Cause of union; cement which unites; link of connection; as the bonds of affection. (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)


1 Corinthians 13

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Love is excited by pleasing qualities of any kind, as by kindness, benevolence, charity. A strong attachment can spring from good will and esteem, and the pleasure derived from the company, civilities, kindnesses and good will of others. (Based on Webster's 1828 Dictionary entry for "love").

As we try to help and care, a pleasant and loving environment is created. When we understand what we are trying to do, even when things do not go just right, we can bounce back and stay in loving ways always ready for reconciliation. May it be that we so accustom ourselves to loving ways that nobody wants fellowship broken. Although natural parentage seems to have be bred out of many of us (we went to school and know little (we are dependent on books)), we can still seek out loving ways and family ways and Christian ways.

Proverbs 29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

DELICATELY, a. tenderly, with nice regard to propriety and the feelings of others. (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)