Posted by Shofar/Liz
From my earliest memory and up until I became an adult, I don’t ever recall either of my parents saying “I love you” or showing us affection. It is common in many Asian cultures not to openly show affection so those 3 little, but endearing words, are rarely expressed. But I know my parents cared and loved my two sisters and me very much. They showed their love by working very hard to provide for our needs of food, shelter, clothing, and a happy and comfortable home. There were rules and Sunday church attendance to train us in correct behavior and to reverence God. There were driver training classes, and curfews to assure our safety when we learned and began to drive.
We lived out in the country. My dad was a parts supply person for the US Navy, and my mom was a housewife, who had a home dressmaking business, and when we were older she worked as a waitress in a friend’s restaurant at night. When I was in high school my Mom ran a snack bar and catering service at a private golf course where we would help her out on weekends. My mom managed to provide me with prom dresses when I was in high school. My folks provided my cars and gas and supported me through college. In fact they provided for all of my needs up until the day I got married at 21. If my earthly parents were so good to me, how much more does God, our Heavenly Father want to bless all of us also?!
God tells us that He loves us and cares for us. He has a plan for our lives. He said to Jeremiah,
“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer 31:3)
“For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ( Jer 29:11 NIV)
Jesus taught us to pray,
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. . .” (Mt 6:10)
It is God’s will that all men are blessed and know Him as God Almighty, our Father in heaven. His will is that we would love and honor Him, and that we would love one another.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Mt 32:37-39)
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” (1 John 4:7-11)
His will is that “all men be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1Tim2:4)