Family Devotions: Fruit of the Spirit Series-Love

This Week’s Topic: Fruit of the Spirit- Love

This Week’s Goal: To understand how God shows love, defines love, and asks us to love Him and others

This Week’s Bible Reference: Galatians 5:22-23 (and other verses on that trait of Love)

 

Family Devotional

 

Activity: (For All Ages; feel free to do one or both activities)

Option 1: Pull out all your Valentine’s Day cards/goodies from this week. What do those items tell you about what love is? How do you think the world defines love?

  • Goal: To see how shallow the world’s view of love is

Option 2: Think of someone who may have been overlooked or forgotten this past Valentine’s Day. Together as a family think of a special way to show them that you love them and more importantly that God loves them!

  • Goal: To share God’s love with someone

 

Singing:

Please feel free to do what best fits your family! (See the Intro. to Family Devotions) 

Song Suggestions (based on the topic): ‘Amazing Love’, ‘Oh How he Loves Us’, Fruit of the Spirit: You Tube Video/Song   or You Tube Video/Song 

 

Bible Reading & Family Discussion Questions (intertwined): 

Galatians 5:22-23 (New Living Translation)

22) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

(Parents: Some people say that the word Fruit is intended to be a singular idea- meaning that all of the different traits are together to make up one fruit. Other people take fruit to mean the plural idea of fruit- meaning that each trait is an individual fruit of a life led by the Holy Spirit. Either viewpoint, the message remains the same- ALL of these character traits should be shown in the life of someone who is trying to follow God.)

Love 

Last week we looked at an overview of all of the Fruit of the Spirit. This week we are going to begin looking specifically at the individual traits of the Fruit of the Spirit, specifically Love.

Love (toddlers-younger children)

God’s Love (in kid language):   A life of giving to others, especially family, no matter how others treat you, this love can actually change others

  •  He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:4-8)
  • Love does no harm to its neighbor. (Romans 13:10)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can we show God we love Him?
  2. How can we show others love?
  3. What do you do to show love?
  4. Who is someone that loves you, how do you know?

Love (older children thru teenagers) 

Verses that tell us how God shows Love:
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
  • But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you see God showing love in these verses?
  2. Based on these verses, what you do notice about what we “did” to earn God’s love?
  3. What words would you use to describe the love God shows?

Verses that tell us how God defines Love:

  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:4-8)
  • Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10)
  • Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.  (I John 4:10)
Verses where God asks us to love others:
  • A new commandment I give to you, that you 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)
  • Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (I John 4:7-8)
  •  He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)
Discussion Questions:
  1.  How does loving others, show that we are following God?
  2. How can our family be a family that is known by our love for God?
  3. How can our family be a family that is known by our love for each other (family members)?
  4. How can our family be a family that is known by our love for others?

Remember that God’s love (unconditional love) can only flow from God, through us, to others. We are incapable of having this kind of love apart from Him. This is why it is a fruit of the Spirit. It is not something that we can work on, or “get better at”,  rather, in order for our lives to be characterized by this love, we have to focus on God. Our focus and growing knowledge of God’s love will determine how well that love flows through us.

 

Prayer:

This is a great and easy format to follow as a family:

A-Adoration: What things did you learn about God today? Tell God he is loving. Tell God how amazing his love is. Tell Him examples of when you have felt his love.

C-Confession: Confess times when you are not loving to God and others. Parents, this might be an opportunity for you to ask your children to forgive you for showing love in areas of your lives.

T-Thanksgiving: Thank God for what He has done in your lives this week. Thank God for His love and how He loves us even though we did nothing to deserve it!

S-Supplication: God loves us and loves to bless us. Tell God the desires of your heart.

 

Extension Activity/Discussion Starters for the Week:

  • Take a picture (not staged) or draw a picture of someone you experienced living out love this week. You could do so at the mall, in a park, at school, at work, etc. The idea is to get a visual example of what that would look like so that you can talk about it sometime during the week. Use this to make a picture collage of the Fruits of the Spirit over the next few weeks.
  • Use the trait of Love as a focus for your child’s Marble Jar-Character Training.

 

PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

Mackenzie has blogged 673 posts here.

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