Posted July 4th
LOVE - Choosing to give someone your time and friendship no matter what.
Last month, in the first part of this series, we focused on what it means to love and trust God with all our life, not only for the first time, but every day. This month, we want to take a look at something that will begin to happen in our lives as a result of our love and trust in God. When you love and trust God, you will love others.
This love isn’t a command. It’s a fact. It’s impossible to love and trust God, and not love the people whom God loves. 1 John 4:20 says this: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
Throughout His ministry, Jesus taught His followers what it meant to love others. He taught how to love our neighbors, how to love our enemies, and how to love those who were overlooked and marginalized. He demonstrated the kind of love that He taught in the way that He lived. And He gave us the ultimate example of love when He died for us.
So, how do you follow Jesus’ example? How do you love a God you can’t see and touch? You love the ones HE loves. And when you love them, you will begin to understand God more, and you will learn to love and trust Him more as well.
Our monthly Memory Verse brings it even closer to home by encouraging us to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:39, NIV.
Parents, using the resources below, lead your kids in talking more about the Bible stories and the virtue of responsibility all this month.
God Time Cards are devotionals for you to use with your child at home during the week. Each day's devotional includes a verse to read, an activity, a devotional that teaches something about God, and a suggested prayer.
Parent Cues are a great way to get a quick look at the virtue and memory verse for the month; as well as the bible story for the week and questions for parents and kids to ask one another at various times throughout their day together.