Family Devotional – Love and Kindness

This summer, we’re excited to have two different lesson units for the Preschool-Elementary kids on Sunday mornings! June 5-26 and July 10-24, we will be doing a Dr. Seuss-inspired unit on the Fruits of the Spirit, and August 7-21, we will be learning about interacting with God and the Holy Spirit through prayer, worship, and the Bible, all with an Olympics theme! Each of these lesson weeks, our staff will bring you a devotional idea you can use with your kids to help them take what they just learned on Sunday morning and integrate it into their daily lives.

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

The word love is used so often these days that it can get confusing. “I love this TV show!” for example. Can you really love a TV show? What does love mean? What does God think love looks like? This past week, we talked about love and kindness in Heroes Gate and how we are to love God and others.

Read together: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

(The Message)

Question’s for conversation starters with your family:

  1. Can you think of a time when you felt very loved or someone showed kindness to you? How did that make you feel?
  2. Can you think of people you would like to show kindness and love to?
  3. Can you think of someone that it is a little harder to be kind and loving toward? How can you try to show them God’s love?
  4. Have you ever felt loved by God?

Prayer time – Pray for God’s help and God’s guidance as you try to show others His love. Ask for His help and opportunities to show love even when it’s not easy.

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