As we move in to the holiday of love we often get caught up in the whole gift buying portion of Valentine’s Day and not so much the whole concept. Yes, I know that Valentine’s Day is not a Biblical holiday however, it can be used as a wonderful tool to help your children not only discover the love of God, watch for actions that show God’s love and then have your children apply it. At our house we call it learn, show and apply because as parents we have to teach them the Biblical truths about love, we have to show them through our actions and then we encourage them to apply it.
Four ways to help your kids learn, show and apply God’s love this Valentine’s Day
1. As parents before we can teach anything we must first do a bit of research.
What is it that the Bible tells us about God’s love. (At the bottom of this post you will find a printable with a few verses to help you out). As we are then discussing this with our children we need to not only enforce to them that God’s love is a perfect love but that His love is a type of love that we should aspire to give others as well.
Speak of those real life examples of those who give real life examples…. Missionaries, Preachers, Sunday School teachers and parents are all good places to look for this selfless love.
2. Of course no good lesson is never complete until we show an example.
One of the greatest ways to show our children how to love is to show it to others ourselves. Allowing your children to see you serving and caring for others is a wonderful way to plant that seed of service in their hearts.
Visit the elderly in your church
Make a special trip to visit a widow for Valentine’s Day
Send out little valentines and instead of signing your name include a Bible verse.
Use this day to reach those around you and to minister to your children’s hearts. Trust me they are watching and taking notes.
3. Next up it is time to allow them to put to practice what they are learning.
Now this can be done in several day to day operations in your home. For example are your children struggling to get along….This would be a great time to pull our Bible verses to remind them how we are suppose to handle conflict with one another. Have your children tell you what it is that they are good at. Once they decide figure out a way that they can use that gift to bless someone and then make it happen. Constantly seek out ways that your child can apply what they have learned about God’s love and then help them to achieve it.
4. Finally remember to praise them for their efforts.
The world we live in is full of those who wish to quiet those who want to bask in God’s love and quiet those who want to speak of God’s love. Remind them often while they are little why this is all so important, share with the your own struggles and be your child’s private cheerleader. This will create a bond in your future missionary that can never be broken.
I pray that you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that as you teach your children of God’s love that you to are reminded of how blessed we really are.
From my family to yours Happy Valentine’s Day!