Choosing to Love

mom-and-girl“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.” From Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis

“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24, ESV).

Discipline is an act of love. We may be tempted to grow angry or disappointed in a challenging child. However, we can choose to love him by instructing and disciplining him. As we choose to love in this way, our love for him will grow.



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