First, Seek Him!
It’s HARD to be loving in ALL things. However, God’s Word says, “Let ALL that you do be done in Love.” This includes every moment of our lives – those bad mommy moments, those tricky driving situations, those irritable people we must deal with. Seek the Lord today about how He wants you to really love others.
then, Speak Him!
Sometimes teaching our kids about love must start with an apology for how we’ve been unloving. None of us perfectly love in ALL ways at ALL times; only God can do that (and praise Him, He does!). So don’t be afraid to start with asking forgiveness then leaning into SPEAKING HIM and His Word into your kids. Here’s a lesson to help guide you…
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“The All of Love” – Lesson Two
What Does The Bible Say?
This Week’s Memory Verse:
“Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV)
Review Verse from Last Lesson: “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)
Review Verse for Preschoolers: “Love is patient and kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
What Truth is God Speaking to Us?
“No matter what life brings your way, I want you to be loving in not just some things, or in most things, but in ALL things.” – God
What Can We Learn About This Truth?
Just about everyone in the world can be loving in some things, but God wants us to be loving in ALL things. What does “all things” include? Well, as the saying goes, “All means all, and that’s all that all means.” It’s one thing to say this, but it’s another thing to do this – especially when it comes to love. We’ve been learning about what love is and what love isn’t, and now we are going to talk about how this lesson about real love applies to everything in our lives.
For Preschool Families: All means everything. God wants us to be loving in everything we do. Think of some relatable examples you can talk through with them: waiting for breakfast, asking mommy for help and waiting patiently, bringing a toy to a younger sibling…
What Else Does the Bible Say About This?
When Paul wrote the “Chapter of Love” to the Corinthian Christians, he explained to them all the things that love is and love is not. And, tucked into 1 Corinthians 13 is a tiny little word repeated four times. Let me read this verse and see if you can tell me what it is:
“(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). What little word am I talking about? You guessed it: the word “all.” The word for “all” here comes from the Greek word “panto,” which means: the whole thing, everything, every kind, any kind, all! In other words, real love is loving in ALL parts of life.
Now, the truth is, it’s easy to love when, well, it’s easy to love. It’s easy to be patient and kind – and all the other aspects of love – when circumstances are going well and people are nice to us. However, it is HARD to be loving when we encounter painful situations, difficult times and hurtful relationships. In fact, when life is tough, it’s easier not to love.
Nonetheless, God wants us to love in ALL things, at ALL times, in ALL circumstances, in ALL places. And, when we follow Jesus and love Him by loving others, He gives us a special promise: “We know that for those who love God ALL things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV, caps added). Guess what the word “all” in that verse is? That funny Greek word “panto”! God works together ALL the things that are hard about love for our good when we follow Him. This is an amazing promise!!!
So, let’s work on memorizing our verse about this. It’s super easy, so we are also going to review our 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 verses from last lesson to make sure we get them stuck in our heads, too!
How Can We Live Out This Truth?
We live in a world that puts out the decorations and eats lots of candy to celebrate love for Valentine’s Day. However, once February is over, our world goes on with life, thinking about and doing other things.
However, God doesn’t want us to see love that way. God wants everything we do – no matter what day or month it is on the calendar – to be done in love. This includes the hard things – the hard things like when we’re tempted to not be loving.
What are some hard things you are walking through in your life today? Let’s start by asking for God’s help. Let’s pray that He will fill you with HIS love so that you can overflow with love to those people in those situations. Then let’s talk about how you can walk out that love in your life today.
For Preschool Families: Throw a bunch of blocks on the floor and tell your preschooler to pick up ALL of them. Whether they successfully accomplish this objective or not, help your child understand that ALL means everything – and just like you asked him/her to pick up ALL the blocks, God wants us to be loving in ALL the pieces of our lives, too!
What Questions Do We Have About This?
What does “ALL” mean? Can you remember what the Greek word for “ALL” is? (it is kind of similar to the word “panda.”) Let’s go back and re-read (or, recite) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Which parts of love are we finding difficult this week? Let’s be honest about life. How would God have us respond in our situations? How often do you stop and pray, asking God to help you be loving in difficult situations? Should we make this a habit?
How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?
Worship through Prayer: Lord God, teach us to love well in good times and bad times, easy times and hard times. Help us to love, not just in some things, but in all things. We call on You to help us to love like You! In the Name of Jesus, amen!
Worship through Praise: “Love Take Me Over” by Stephen Curtis Chapman
For Preschool Families: “Love” by Chris Tomlin
A Family Blessing
Blessings from this Lesson to Speak over Your Children…
Lord God, may Your love flow through my child(ren) in everything they say, think and do, in all things, for a lifetime. In Your Name Jesus, amen!
Lord God, may Your love flow through my child(ren) in everything they say, think and do, in all things for a lifetime. In Your Name Jesus, amen!!
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