If we don't teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.
GOD IS LOVE (Day 20)

Because GOD IS LOVE, He helps me to love others.

Preparation: Read ahead of time the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-36. Retell the story in your own words. Ask this question, "Which of the three men were a true neighbor to the wounded man?"

Read the Bible Memory Verse below.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8)
From Jesus' story, it was obvious that the third man, the Samaritan, was the only one that truly cared for the injured man. The Samaritan was a good neighbor by caring for someone in need. The Jewish priest was a very important man, and the Temple assistant was very smart and wise, but they did not stop to help the beaten man. They were not being good neighbors.

Being a good neighbor is one way that we can show God's love to others, but there are many more ways we can show love!

Read God's description of love from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:

"Charity [perfect love] suffereth long , and is kind ; charity envieth not ; charity vaunteth not itself , is not puffed up , Doth not behave itself unseemly , seeketh not her own , is not easily provoked , thinketh no evil ; Rejoiceth not in iniquity , but rejoiceth in the truth ; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth ...

How does God describe love (the red text above)? Which is most difficult for you? I don't know about you, but loving others can be really tough sometimes! Thankfully, we don't have to rely on our own strength to love others! Review the Bible Memory Verse above.

Isn't that encouraging? It is God's love in us that makes us want to love others! So where do we start?

Showing God's love to others can begin by showing His love in your own home with your own family! Here are some real life examples:
  • When Mom asked her daughter, Megan, to help her brother clean up the blocks they played with, Megan also helped him clean up his whole room!
  • When Grace's little sister played with Grace's favorite toy without asking, Grace spoke to her using kind words instead of angry words.
  • On her mom's birthday, Kate gave one of her own toys as a gift. She even drew a picture and made her own card to go with it.
  • Jackson sometimes eats lunch at school with his sister because he knows that she likes to spend time with him.
  • Alex wakes up every morning and gives his grandma a hug and a kiss. He knows that's Grandma's favorite part of the day!

What are some ways that you can show love to those in your home?

Because God is Love, He helps me to love others! Loving others is a natural response to loving God. You can start by being patient and kind, by being polite and not being "me first", and by forgiving and thinking the best of each other!

Talk to God and ask Him to help you think of ways to love others in your family. If you're having trouble loving others, go back and focus on loving God first. If you love God first, you can't help but look for ways to love others.

Have each person finish this sentence: Because God is Love, I will ________________.
(Note: Fill in the blank by sharing a specific action point.)

adapted from Discover God 4 Kids
A Sample Prayer to Conclude Your Time
Dear God,
May the mind of Christ my Savior, live in me from day to day, by His love and power controlling all I do and say. May the Word of God dwell richly in my heart from hour to hour, so that all may see I triumph only through His power. May the love of Jesus fill me, as the waters fill the sea. May His beauty rest upon me as I seek the lost for Thee.
You are to be praised forever and ever. Yours is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on the Earth is yours. With You in control, we have nothing to fear. Help us to trust You with every detail of our lives. We adore You and thank You for being a great God, filling our lives with Your purpose.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.