Quick, name your favorite romantic movie. Got it? Now, think of the best scene. Most likely it includes a reunion, a kiss or even a wedding.
Why do we love such stories? To edit the clich-: Because we are allhopeful romantics. Every one of us clings to the hope of lasting love because human intimacy serves as a picture of a love rooted in God himself.
Children best grasp the reality of God's love when they experience its flesh-and-blood expression at home. We can teach them about His love as we embody the following qualities of our eternal Bridegroom and heavenly Father.
God is love: It is true that God does loving things. But the more important truth is that God is love (1 John 4:8). God can't help loving because it is an essential part of His character.
God cares: We can cast our anxiety on God because He cares (1 Peter 5:7). Like a spouse's hug when we're stressed or a parent's hug when we're worried, God's love comforts and reassures us because we know that He cares about each troubling detail of our lives. God gives himself: Jesus said that the greatest love is when someone lays down his life for another (John 15:13). That is precisely what God did when He became man to rescue us from death.
God initiates: Our Father God takes the initiative in loving us rather than waiting for us to show love to Him. The Bible describes this love: "Not that we loved God, but that he loved us" (1 John 4:10), and "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Whether your children are toddlers or teens, or somewhere in between, they need to understand God's love for them. The age-appropriate activities and discussions below can help them grasp this important truth.
- Parents can help their kids understand God's love by modeling it at home.
- God doesn't just act loving; He is love.
- God's love is caring, giving and makes the first move.
- John 3:16
- John 15:9-13
- Romans 5:7-9
- Romans 8:35-39
- Ephesians 3:16-19
- Philippians 2:1-2
- 1 John 4:7-19