LOVE-Parenting: For All and By All
Julio C. Rivas
What makes a good parent? Good parenting is natural when we are reflecting LOVE-GOD.
Jesus Christ understood that man is united to his divine progenitor, which is SPIRIT-LOVE. We read in the New Testament that Jesus calls LOVE-GOD “Abba” (or “daddy” in a modern context) when he is preparing to face his crucifixion. He is drawing on the empyrean love and power that only his heavenly parent, his LOVE-PRINCIPLE, can give him.
The apostle Paul also refers to GOD-SOUL as “Abba.” He explains that by implementing Jesus’ examples anyone can discover man’s privileged, spiritual status and their connectivity to MOTHER-FATHER-LOVE.
Paul writes, “Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ You no longer have to live as a slave because you are a child of God. And since you are His child, God guarantees an inheritance is waiting for you.” (TV, Gal. 4: 6- 7).
We feel catalyzed by love and generosity when we recognize that humanity belongs to LOVE’s divine family. The one all-inclusive PRINCIPLE-MIND subsumes us within its limitless and irrepressible health, beauty and intelligence. The SOUL-US is GOD, and it has blended our unique, celestial compositions with its overflowing harmony and love
SPIRIT is our superlative Parent, the all-protective LOVE. Marvelous spiritual healer M. B. Eddy writes, “Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation” (S&H p. 332:4-5). And she also says that “Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother, God” (S&H p. 516: 21).
This brilliant thinker also points out the weakness and, sometimes, the wickedness of fleshly ties when she writes, "mortals, or the 'children of men' in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren." But then she adds that "Immortals, or God's children in divine Science, are one harmonious family." (S & H 444:27)
TRUTH-LOVE is the definer of our spiritual identities. Hence, sexual gender cannot limit our spiritual capacity to express the fatherhood and motherhood of LOVE-PRINCIPLE. For example, we reflect the tenderness of LOVE’s motherhood as well as the strength of PRINCIPLE’s fatherhood. In addition, SOUL-PRINCIPLE is indivisible, and everyone’s spiritual selfhood is endowed with the full range of divine qualities.
Christ Jesus demonstrated the mutually supportive qualities of compassion and firmness, forgiveness and authority, gentleness and strength because he reflected the wholeness of SOUL. All -- male, female, adult and children -- reflect the completeness of our parental SOUL.
LOVE’s healing love is universal. It is not meant to be confined to our homes. We can embrace everyone and everything with MIND’s intelligent grace. Because we are empowered by MIND’s qualities we can impart and receive healing. This why children can uplift and inspire adults. It is also why we can improve a receptive work environment; and why a stranger can instill loving joy and wisdom in us.
Our SOUL-derived abilities enable us to throw away prideful, fearful and sclerotic attitudes and to express, with precision and adaptability, the appropriate ideas and qualities called for by a particular moment and situation. We are then parenting more like how SOUL-LOVE parents everyone.
The apostle Paul opens our thinking/hearts to the forces of divine LOVE which are innate to our being. He declares: “We love because He has first loved us. If someone claims, “I love God,” but hates his brother or sister, then he is a liar. Anyone who does not love a brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. He gave us a clear command, that all who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.” (TV, 1 John 4: 19-21)
Paul knows that everything good starts with our progenitor, infinite LOVE, who is the center and fountain of all spiritual being and harmonious action. By being in rhythm with this profound concept we understand our spiritual interconnectivity with all existence and corroborate it with right actions.
Parents who were suffering from ongoing conflicts and misunderstandings with their children have called on me to help them find resolution. I have helped them discover more of one another’s spiritual endowments and to cherish and nurture them.
Our discussions, prayers and the persistent implementation of new ideas have helped their children make a comeback from drug/alcohol addiction, suicidal tendencies and other troubles. They have become whole again.
When parents learn to listen better to their children and to welcome and implement their input the entire family takes pleasure in problem-solving together. Parents can learn to give up having to be right. They can learn to ask their children for help in a variety of ways. When this happens then all family members are parenting each other with LOVE-MIND’s wisdom, selflessness and generosity.
A successful, intelligent and loving family dynamic is natural when we are applying our spiritual attributes.
It is so fulfilling to “parent” the world around us. MIND-LOVE’s parenting is a joy to receive and express.