Hello all! Today’s lesson is from 1 Corinthians 13. Paul wrote letters to lots of people (they didn’t have email or texting back then). We were learning about the things he wrote to the Romans last time. This time he wrote 2 letters to the people of Corinth (the people were called Corinthians). This lesson is from his 1st letter to them.
Paul says no matter what you do, it has be done with love, or it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how well you play sports, how well you sing, or even if God helps you do amazing miracles! It all means nothing if you don’t do it with God’s love.
Then he tells us what true love is.
“Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy (that means it doesn’t want all the stuff it doesn’t have),
It does not boast, it is not proud (that means it doesn’t say “i’m better than you! or i have more stuff than you!”)
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking (me me me! mine mine mine!)
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (love forgives others when they hurt us)
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (Love helps us do the right thing)
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (never gives up)
Love never fails. (Does God’s love ever give up on us? NEVER! We remember nothing will keep us from God’s love).
Love is not how we feel, but the choices we make. Did you know you can feel angry and still show someone love? Sometimes we don’t feel like loving someone, but we choose to love them with the things we do. True love is living the way God wants us to.
So for today’s craft we made a window wall to help us remember all the things true love is. When we really show others God’s love, this is how we will act.
We cut out 9 squares and drew a picture on each one. Then we taped just the top part to our bottom sheet of paper (so you can lift the flap) and underneath we wrote the words.
Our 1st picture is a clock, then hands and then a face with snooty upturned nose.
Row 2 features the word “ME”, an angry face (with smoke above his head) and a star.
Row 3 has a sword, a checkered finish line, and a heart.
Our text underneath each row says:
Love is patient and kind, it does not envy (want what it doesn’t have), it does not boast, it is not proud.
Row 2: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 in the truth.
Row 3: It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, love never fails.
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