Love 3

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. What comes into your mind when you think about Valentine’s Day? Are you thinking about candy, chocolate, flowers, red hearts, sweethearts, love, decorations, and special people? Valentine's Day is the time when we focus on the ones we love. Often, we make things for them to show our love. Most people make or buy cards that say: “I Love You”. Some of you may give Valentine’s cards to you friends or classmates. I like to make heart shaped cookies and frost them. I decorate my home and give gifts to the special people around me.


Let’s talk about love. Love is a feeling or emotion you experience toward something or someone. When we love someone you want to give them things, do something for them, spend time with them, or say kind things about them. I think right now you may be thinking about someone you love in your life. If you are, you probably have a smile on your face. Love brings out the best in us and we want to show our love to them.


Did you know loving others is a command from God? God wants us to love Him and others. When we do we feel great. Loving others and doing good things for them helps our bodies work better which in turn makes us feel better.  Isn’t God wonderful to tell us to do something which makes us feel better? When we obey the Lord and love Him and others, we get the benefit. John 15:11-13and 17 says, These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. These things I command you, that you love one another.
  
What if the person we love doesn’t love us or is mean to us? What should we do? It’s hard when that happens, but we should still love them. When they are mean or say ugly things to us we need to be kind and loving back. Sometimes they want to hurt us by being mean. The best way they can hurt us is for us to be mean back to them. When we love them even when we don’t feel like it, we will come out feeling better than if we didn’t.  I understand it is a hard thing to do, but when we do love them we feel good inside and who knows, they may change toward us and start being kind back.
The greatest example of love is Jesus. People hated Him, spat at Him, hit Him, laughed at Him, but He still loved them. They killed Him but He died for them. He loved them. Thousand of years later, people hate Him. He still loves them. He loves all people so much He died on the cross for their sin. He loves you and He died for you. None of us deserves His love. His love for us is so enormous; He wants to live with us forever in heaven someday. You can read more about it Here, Love 2

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John3:16

 God created us. God loves us. God sent His Son to die for us. Jesus Christ willingly died for us so we could live forever with Him. God deserves our love. God deserves our obedience.

 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1John 4:16

Let’s practice loving Him and others more everyday not just on Valentine’s Day.

Here is a cute video with the song, Jesus Loves Me. Please ask your parents before you click it.  Here

Memorize all or part of:  John 15:11-13and 17 says, These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. These things I command you, that you love one another.
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Verses in NKJV unless otherwise stated.

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