Saturday, June 17, 2006

Give Voice To Your Love

Here is a devotion for Father's Day.

Give Voice To Your Love

READ: 1 John 4:12-19

"There is no fear in love."
1 JOHN 4:18

In 1990 a TV documentary on the US Civil War attracted huge audiences. One program featured a letter by a soldier killed at the battle of Bull Run. Sullivan Ballou realized the peril he faced in the looming clash, so he wrote a poignant letter to his wife. In part he said, “If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you, nor that when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.”

Men, more than women, often find it difficult to express deep emotions. They may squelch the impulse to put their tenderest feelings into words.

This Father’s Day, many men will receive expressions of love, but they may have trouble voicing their love in return. Yet nothing is more masculine than to express love to our loved ones. That’s true not only for fathers but for all of us. We can bestow no gift more precious to those who are wrapped up with us in the bundle of life.

“There is no fear in love,” wrote the apostle John, “but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). So let us boldly declare our love, not only for our loved ones but for the One who gave His life for us.

This Father’s Day, emulate that courageous fallen Civil War hero and give voice to your love.

For Fathers: Jot a note to someone you love, and express your love in your message. Set aside a day for your children this week.

You can never express your love too often. ~ Vernon C. Grounds

1 comment:

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Zachary,
Great post! That is one thing I like about my Dad -- he is never hesitant to tell me how much he loves me. God gave me the best!

Elizabeth