*We thought a day devoted to love was the perfect day to kick off our inaugural God’s Story 365 blog post. Since we had to limit the number Bible stories and verses included in God’s Story 365, this is a place for us to add in some of the extras every now and then. This is meant to be read aloud to kids and discussed as a family.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of when you think of love? Red hearts, hugs, a Valentine’s Day card? The truth is, the idea of love is pretty deep. So even though we might love our favorite food, video game, friend or Bible story (all great things!), today, let’s think not about what we love but how we love. In other words, what love looks like.
First, close your eyes tight. Picture somebody you love a lot. Then think of the last thing you did or said to them. If you want, share it as a family!
Now read I Corinthians 1:4-7 (NLT):
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Consider each part carefully:
Love is … patient. When’s the last time you were patient?
Love is … kind. What’s the last kind thing you did?
Love is not … jealous or proud or rude. Ever done any of those things to someone you love? (Unfortunately, we all have...)
Love does not … demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. Why aren’t those things loving?
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Can you think of a time somebody has loved you like this?