CrossKids Devo | God's Love (Part 1)
Say: When people like a movie, they sometimes give it a thumbs-up. Demonstrate. Really like the movie? Two thumbs-up. If they dislike or really dislike the movie, they give it one or two thumbs-down. Demonstrate.
Please rate how this past week has gone for you. Was it a one or two thumbs-up week? A one or two thumbs-down week? Or maybe you'd give it one thumbs-up and one thumbs-down--it was a good and bad week.
Rate your week now.
After kids rate their weeks, give kids 30 seconds each to explain why they rated their weeks as they did. You'll go first, sharing a story that models the sort of brief, personal stories you hope kids will share too.
Children will express themselves more over time, and hearing their stories will help you adapt this session to make it even more relevant to your kids' lives. Bible Time – God's Love (Part 1) – 1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13 Verse Of The Day: 1 John 4:8
Read: 1 Corinthians 13
Story: Tommy looked outside and saw Eric get off of his bicycle in front of Mrs. Wilson’s house. He walked up the walk way and then disappeared into Mrs. Wilson’s house. Mrs. Wilson was 92 years old and did not come outside very often. She had lived alone for over 30 years, and her house and yard needed a lot of fixing up. Tommy recalled his visit to Mrs. Wilson’s house a few weeks back. He offered to mow her lawn for a pretty fair price, but she barked, “I don’t need the help, and I don’t want to be bothered.” Tommy did not like being treated rudely, so he had no plans to visit her again. He wondered, now, what would bring Eric over to her house.
Eric left Mrs. Wilson’s about an hour later. Tommy remained curious, “Where is Eric going?” he thought. “Why would Eric want to help that old rude lady?” About 20 minutes went by and Eric returned with a bag of groceries. He watched as Eric made his way to Mrs. Wilson’s door once more and Mrs. Wilson welcomed him inside. “What’s going on?” thought Tommy. “How much money is Mrs. Wilson paying Tommy to go to the store?”
The next day, Tommy went outside to ride his bike, and he noticed Eric was mowing Mrs. Wilson’s yard. Tommy felt angry and jealous. He had offered Mrs. Wilson a fair price just a few weeks earlier. “Why is Eric coming to my neighborhood and cutting grass? He’s taking away money I should be making.” The more he thought about it, the more upset he became. “I know,” thought Tommy, “I’ll get even with Eric. When Eric goes into Mrs. Wilson’s backyard, I will sneak over to his bike and let all the air out of his tire; that will teach him not to come into my neighborhood!” To Be Continued…
Read 1 Corinthians 13. Can you list the qualities of God’s love?
If Tommy had God’s love inside, how might he have acted differently?
Kid’s Bible Dictionary:
Unconditional Love: Without any limits or restrictions.