ACTIVE IN LOVE
1 John 4:7-21
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born again because of what God has done. That person knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. How did God show his love for us? He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him. What is love? It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us. We know that we belong to him and he belongs to us. He has given us his Holy Spirit.
The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We have seen it. We give witness to it. God lives in anyone who agrees that Jesus is the Son of God. That kind of person remains joined to God. So we know that God loves us. We depend on it. God is love. Anyone who leads a life of love shows that he is joined to God. And God is joined to him.
So love is made complete among us. We will be bold on the day God judges us. That’s because in this world we love as Jesus did. There is no fear in love. Instead, perfect love drives fear away. Fear has to do with being punished. The one who fears does not have perfect love.
We love because he loved us first. Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen. Here is the command God has given us. Anyone who loves God must also love his brothers and sisters.
Parent – To – Parent
As a mom of 2 young boys I want to teach them to have generous loving hearts. To do this we try to show them different ways to help others in need. I pray that as they grow older they will WANT to help others when they see a need and will do it with a loving heart.
Read 1 John 4:7-21 together as a family. Talk about the scripture and what stood out to you.
Ask your child(ren) who their brothers & sisters are. (List in family, then add church family, then add school & community family, and then add world).
Talk about needing to love all these people and what that looks like.
I found this activity at worshipingwithchildren.com
One way to show our love is to pray for each other. On a sheet of paper have your child make a scribble with big spaces. In each space have them write the name of a person or group that they would like to pray for. Then have them decorate each space with details and key words for that person. Hang this some where in your house to remind you to pray for the people throughout the week.
One of my favorite ways to show God’s love is through Random Acts of Kindness. There are so many ways to do this. You can google “random acts of kindness” to find 100’s of ideas or here are a few examples we’ve done and enjoy:
~ Pay for the person behind you in a line (at a coffee shop, restaurant, grocery store, Target, anywhere)
~ Go grocery shopping for the food shelf
~ Leave homemade “Have a great day!” notes on random cars
~ Bring flowers & cards to a nursing home
~ Hide a dollar with a note in the toy section of the dollar store
~ Buy a hot wheels car and give it to the first child you see
Plan out a random act of kindness to do as a family this week.
Have your child(ren) repeat after you.
Thank you God for your constant love.
Be with us this week.
and help us to show your.
love to those around us.