LOVE

Here’s a fun review for a lesson on “adjectives.”

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LOVE.

I had a revelation a few days ago about the word love.

My daughter admired our newly scrubbed bathtub and exclaimed, “I looove our bathtub! It’s so white and shiny and I love it! Love it! Looove it!” Somehow, that just did not feel right.

I told her she probably meant that she “liked” our shiny bathtub, well, she liked it a lot, that’s for sure, but “love” is too strong a word.

We all know “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and it dawned on me that it would be a good idea to also think more carefully how we use this word, so as not to “diminish” its significance.

Like, I can say I “love” my mom, but do I really “love” her shoes? Or I can understand how one can “love” her school, but maybe she doesn’t really “love” chocolates (or maybe, she does?”)?

Does using the word “love” so casually make it somehow not seem so precious and pure? Does using love for common things like food or fashion make it less pure and holy?

God is love. Love is of God. It is not just any other word. The whole bible is about God’s amazing love. The greatest commandment is to love. The whole Christian faith rests on God’s love.

God is love. So when we are commanded not to use the name of God in vain, would you consider being careful not to use the name “Love” for trivial and sometimes senseless things as well?

There are other words to describe a desire, admiration or affection for something, and it seems appropriate to think more carefully about how we use this word that is ascribed to the Creator Himself. That was what came to my mind during my “Aha!” moment.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 3 – Love (1 John 4:16)

LESSON: LOVE

Memory Verse:

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16

 (For younger kids)

” God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:16b

Lesson Presentation:

  1. The Bible tells us that the GOD IS LOVE. This does not only mean that our God is a loving God or that He loves us, but that the word L-O-V-E in its purest sense is the character of God Himself. And we learn about this love by reading the BIBLE, God’s Word.
  2. As we learned from John 3:16, God loved us so much that He gave up His one and only Son Jesus as a sacrifice for us so we can be saved. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
  3. How much did Jesus love you and me? It cannot be measured in hugs and kisses. It was measured in the life He gave. Jesus loved us so much that He stretched His arms wide open (stretch out your hands as wide as you can and ask the students what they think Jesus was going to do looking like this). Jesus stretched out His arms wide open….not to give us a HUG, but to DIE on the CROSS.
  4. This is what LOVE means, and it’s not the same as how we sometimes say we love candy and chocolate, we love to play and go shopping, or we love our friends but not our other classmates. The love that God showed us is what we call UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and God did not wait for us to show Him any sign of our love for Him before Jesus died for us.
  5. We are only able to truly love others because God loved us first. GOD IS THE SOURCE OF LOVE. We are incapable of loving others if we do not have God’s love in our hearts. Love that is not connected to God is called SELFISH LOVE because it’s the kind of love that expects and even demands something in return.
  6. Think of how a light bulb is connected to the electrical outlet. It cannot produce any light if it is only pretending to be connected or is very close to being connected. It has to be absolutely connected for it to turn on and emit light. In the same way, we cannot show true love for others if we are not connected to the source of love – GOD. Others can pretend to love but it will prove to be selfish love, a kind of love that gets hurt and sometimes even mad when it is not loved in return.
  7. ACTION POINT: We need to accept God’s love and believe in Jesus so that the Holy Spirit can guide us to love others the way God wants us to love. We cannot do it by ourselves; we need to be connected to the source. When we allow ourselves to be filled with God’s love, then this love flows through us and is manifested by our love for one another. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” –John 13:35
  8. Lead those who want to accept God’s love in prayer: “Almighty God, thank You for the love that you have given us. Forgive us for the times when we failed to acknowledge this love. Help us with the Holy Spirit to know You and to let Your love fill our hearts and guide us to love one another as You have loved us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 3 – Love (1 John 4:16)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 2 – Love (Matthew 22:37-39)

Memory Verse:

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”– Matthew 22:37-39

Lesson Presentation:

  1. God gave Moses two tablets containing the Ten Commandments in Mt. Sinai.
  2. The Israelites have tried to keep theses commandments from that time until the time of Jesus. But no one could really obey these commandments completely.
  3. Jesus summarized the commandments into only two: LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS.
  4. When we LOVE GOD, then we:

1st Commandment:              Put God first

2nd Commandment:             Have no idols

3rd Commandment:            Will not misuse God’s name

4th Commandment:             Keep the Sabbath holy through worship and rest

5.    When we LOVE OTHERS, then we:

5th Commandment:             Honor our father and mother

6th Commandment:             Don’t kill or hurt others

7th Commandment:             Don’t commit adultery

8th Commandment:             Don’t steal

9th Commandment:             Don’t lie (bear false witness)

10th Commandment:           Don’t covet (envy)

6.  Jesus made it clear that what God wants from us is not to simply obey out of obligation or fear, but we do what God wants because we first have LOVE in our hearts.

7.  When our hearts are guided by the LOVE of GOD, then good things follow. We don’t even have to think very hard about obeying the Ten Commandments. When we LOVE GOD, we instinctively do what is right and seek to do things that please God. When we LOVE OTHERS, we also seek to do good to others and not cause them any harm.

8.  Pray for each other for God to send the Holy Spirit to each of us so that we may always be guided by God’s love in all we say, think or do.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 2 – Love (Matthew 22:37-39)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)

Memory Verse:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Lesson Presentation:

  1. Write the verse on the blackboard and have the students read it.
  2. Ask the students what they think the verse means.
  3. Discuss the following key words from the verse:
    1. God loved – God did what he did because of his great love.
    2. The world – This means ALL of us.
    3. He gave – God showed his love by giving us his very best – his own Son.
    4. Whoever believes – What we need to do is believe – have FAITH in Jesus
    5. Not perish – There is a real place called hell which is reserved for people who reject God’s Son and choose to live a life away from God.
    6. Eternal life – God has prepared a special place for those who believe in Him where there will be no more tears, pain or suffering … this wonderful place is called heaven.
  4. Substitute a student’s name to the verse so that it will read like this:

For God so loved (person’s name) that He gave His one and only Son, that if (person’s name) believes in Him, (person’s name) shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. • Say, “I would like us to recite this verse again, but this time, I want us to recite it as a blessing to each other.”  Divide group into pairs. If you have an odd number of participants, you can stand in to make the last pair. Say, “This time when you say the verse, I want you to substitute the name of your partner for some of the words.” Have the group recite the verse as a blessing for each of their partners.
  2. Say, “That was great! Now I think we are starting to see that Jesus died for each one of us. Even if your partner was the only one in the world, Jesus would have died for him or her.”
  3.  Substitute the pronoun “me”  and “I” to the verse for it to read like this:

For God so loved ME that He gave His one and only Son, that if I believe in Him, I shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. Say, “Now I want to recite the verse again, and this time, you are going to substitute yourself for some of the words.” Have each person recite the verse out loud simultaneously, substituting “I” and “me” in the appropriate places.
  2. Ask the students, “How does that make you feel?”
  3.  Say, “Do you see? Jesus died for you! He loved you so much that He was willing to take your punishment for sin. Jesus died for everyone, and He died for anyone….anyone who would accept the gift of His death on the cross. I hope you will accept His gift.”

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Lesson Source: http://teachingthem.com/tag/john-316-object-lesson/

Coloring Page Sources: http://jacques-mylittlehouse.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-316.html

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OPTIONAL BIBLE STORY: Genesis 22 (Abraham tested)

ADDITIONAL STUDY GUIDE:

http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/why-did-god-tell-abraham-kill-his-son-isaac

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)