“……love never fails….” I Corinthians 13:8
One thing common to everyone who has taken on the role of a parent, and that is the occasional feeling that you are failing as a parent.
Perhaps that is how you are feeling at this moment.
There is no parenting scoreboard or instrument for measuring how you are doing as a parent at any given moment. It is a moment by moment process and every child is a work in progress and sometimes it just feels like you are losing!
You don’t like losing at anything! Neither do I. It is especially hard to feel like you are losing in the job of parenting because (1) you don’t want to lose your child; and (2) you don’t want to be thought of as a poor parent.
For every parent who has ever felt this way (and that would be every parent) there two Scriptures have encouraging news for you! LOVE NEVER FAILS!
Some things work every time they are tried. Obedience always works! Every time you obey God it allows Him to work in and through your life! There has never been a time that a Child of God obeyed Him and it didn’t work out for that one who obeyed.
Prayer works every time it is tried. While you may not receive exactly what you prayed for you know that every prayer is heard every prayer is heard in Heaven has an impact on earth. When you pray in Jesus’ Name, every prayer is heard in Heaven and every prayer causes something to happen on earth. Sometimes something will happen in the heart of your child or something will happen in your heart. To every prayer God answers, “Yes”, “no” or “later”. Your job is to pray, then believe, then watch for the evidence that God is at work in answer to your prayer.
Love works every time it is tried!
But that is only true if the love is question is the love of God because God’s love never fails. God’s love always triumphs over any fear, over any doubt, over any hatred, or any feelings of failure as a parent. Love never fails!
Your love may fail toward your child but God’s love working in you and through you will never fail because “Love never fails”! You can only fail with your child (ren) if you fail to love your child with the supernatural “agape” love of God!
So, disregard any feelings of failure as a parent. It isn’t about you or your failures anyway! It isn’t about you at all! If you want to receive the power of God you must crucify your selfish, self-loving nature and receive His love through the Holy Spirit!
Once you receive His Holy Spirit and the fruit of His Spirit, His love will fill your heart and it will cover for any failures you might make as a parent. His love is stronger than your failures!
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8