First, Seek Him!

Have you ever taken the time to memorize the “Chapter of Love”? Let this be the Valentines that you dive into 1st Corinthians 13 and really ponder what God wants to speak into YOUR life about love.

then, Speak Him!

As God works in your life about what love is, begin speaking those truths into the lives of those He has entrusted to you! Valentines month is an incredible opportunity to really explore and define what love is and isn’t. Use this as a springboard for discipleship!

*** Downloadable/printable lesson and verse images are available at the end of this lesson.***

Valentines Month

“Love Is” – Lesson One

Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a ESV)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  Love is patient and kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

“This is what LOVE is, and this is what LOVE is not. I want you to have the kind of love for others that I have for you.” – God

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

The world may think it knows what love is, but Jesus shows what love is. And, in case we still have any questions about love, God’s Word tells us in “the Chapter of Love” – 1st Corinthians 13 – exactly what love is and is not. When we live our lives loving others the way Jesus loves us, then we are truly following Him.

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

It is the month of love! Celebrations of love are everywhere:  hearts and cupids, cards and candy. We live in a culture that is fascinated with the concept of love but has little idea what real love is.

In the Bible, there was another culture that, like ours, was fascinated with love but had little idea what real love is. It was an ancient city called Corinth. There, in the name of “love,” any kind of sin was a-okay.  

In the midst of Corinth lived a group of Jesus’ followers. When Jesus was on earth, He told His disciples: “…Love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 ESV). And then, Jesus showed them what love looked like through His sacrifice on the cross.

However, the Corinthian Christians were still getting mixed up about what love really is. Just like us, their culture pulled them one way while Jesus called them to love His way. So the Apostle Paul wrote these Christians a long letter to help them understand God’s way of love.

Sometimes, we too get mixed up about what love is and isn’t. When that happens, we can ask God for His help. He is patient, He is kind, and He gently reveals to us what love is. God gave Paul the words to write that would help the Corinthian Christians and those same words help us today! God knew that we would ALL need guidance and gave it to us through Scripture, so let’s memorize our verses from 1st Corinthians 13 together!

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

Back in the days of Corinth, some of the sinful people had the words “follow me” on the soles of their shoes. That way other people could literally follow their footprints in paths going opposite of what love is.

Jesus led the way on the path to real love, saying to His disciples, “Follow Me” (Matthew 4:19). When we love others, that’s how people can know we follow Jesus and walk in His footsteps! Jesus showed us what love is, and 1st Corinthians 13 describes what love is…and is not!

(Let the following lead you to talk with your kids about each “is” and “isn’t” of love!! Ask questions; give your own illustrations!)

1st Corinthians 13 tell us these EIGHT things that LOVE IS: Patient; Kind; Glad about Truth (i.e. “rejoices with the truth”); Strong (i.e. “love bears all things”); Faithful ( i.e. “believes all things”); Hopeful; Enduring (i.e. “endures all things”); and Forever (i.e. “love never ends”).

1st Corinthians 13 also tells us these EIGHT things that LOVE IS NOT: Envious; Boastful; Arrogant; Rude; Selfish (i.e. “(love) does not insist on its own way”); Irritable; Resentful; Glad about sin (i.e. “(love) does not rejoice at wrongdoings”)  

For Preschool Families:  Cut out 16 paper hearts together and write down all the things that love “is” and “is not”, one for each heart. Then mix them all up on the floor. Let them know you are going to make two piles, one for the things love is, and one for the things love is not. Have your kiddo pick up a heart, read it to him/her and ask which pile is should go in.

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

What does the world tell us that love is? (this answer will certainly vary depending on the age of your child!) How does the world inform you of this? (tv, music, youtube, internet, people…) Why and to whom did the Apostle Paul write his letter about love? How did Jesus say that others would know we are His disciples? Tell something that love is and something that love isn’t. How did Jesus show us the greatest act of love? (this is the perfect opportunity for you to talk about the Gospel!!!) How does God want you to love today?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Prayer Lord God, You are our truly loving God. You showed us Your love through Jesus, and we want to learn to be loving, too! Help us to be patient and kind and all the other things that love is. When we do the things that love isn’t, help us to begin to follow You on the path of real love again. We do love You, Lord Jesus! Help us in Your Name love others, amen!

Worship through Praise:  “I Was Made for Love” by Meredith Mauldin

“With Every Act of Love” by Jason Gray (this one has a great video to watch)

A Family Blessing

Blessings from this Lesson to Speak over Your Children…

Lord of Love, may my child be a person who seeks to love like You do, for all the days of his/her life. In Your loving and holy Name, Jesus, amen!

Lord of Love, may my child be a person who seeks to love like You do, for all the days of his/her life. In Your loving and holy Name, Jesus, amen!

(For your convenience, we are providing a PDF download version of the lesson.  This will save to your downloads on your device, or your folder of choice on your computer.)

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Here’s a downloadable of 1st Corinthians 13 – the whole chapter of love! – for you to use with your family! Print it, share it, post it on your frig, tape it to your bathroom mirrors! This is a great way to keep your family thinking about what the Bible says about love!

© Copyright 2019 by Tosha Williams, Mommy Disciple Me

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