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The Biblical definition of love? I think 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 and 13 sum it up quite well. As many of you know, Love is something we've been spending a lot of time on around here, as it's the basis for our Bible memory verses activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, near and far, for this summer.
It's been a great way to encourage the grandkids but it has also been very good for this granny nanny. Especially when I'm tired and feeling a tad cranky. It's amazing how often these Bible memory verses will pop into our heads at just the right moment, isn't it? Or one of the songs, like I Will Boast, will start playing in my brain.
I love how God uses us to minister to our grandkids and then turns it around and uses it to minister to us! And blesses each of us so tremendously with all the promises of God in the Bible like:
- Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
- This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your Word has revived me. Psalm 119:50
- O may Your lovingkindness comfort me, according to Your Word to Your servant. Psalm 119:76
Some good resources about love for the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation and their senior parents include Max Lucado's encouraging book, A Love Worth Giving: Living in the Overflow of God's Love. It reminds us that, on our own, we can't love with 1 Corthinians 13 Love. We need to surrender ourselves to God, be loved by Him, love Him, and let Him love others through us.
I'll leave you with one of the wonderful old praise hymn songs about God's Love for us, Here Is Love by Matt Redman:
Isn't that great encouragement for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents and helping with the grandchildren? 🙂