From Rev. Christian - Giving Up Enemies

About a week ago, Lindsey and Bill welcomed their 3rd child to the world, Luke Alexander Smith.  Luke has a big brother named Blake, and a big sister named Marlo.  Mom and Luke are doing wonderful.

I was struck by this picture, and the obvious deep love and care Bill and Lindsey are sharing with Luke.  Many of you can probably remember doing the same with your newborn, that first moment the child is placed in your arms and the overwhelming sense of love you have for the child.

Actually, there is a bit more than meets the eye with this kiss from mom and dad.  Lawrence Cohen, author of Playful Parenting has done research that indicates that most children form deep, loving bonds with their mom and dad at a very early age.  Even newborns feel attachment from the moment they are born!  During their time in the womb, babies hear, feel, and even smell their mothers, so it is really not that hard to believe they are attached right from birth.  So this kiss offered to Luke is the beginning of Bill and Lindsey helping him develop love, trust, and emotional security with others.

Giving up our enemies requires some of these same skills- developing trust, emotional security, and love for other people.  All of us at times in our lives, struggle with maintaining positive, healthy relationships all the time.  But, it is our practice as Christians to do so, the key is what Christ gave us to live with in this world- peace.

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