Serving with Love:
An Exercise for the Whole Family
“And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
I Corinthians 13:3-7
In our home, the weeks before Valentine’s Day are used to remind ourselves what love looks like, according to God’s Word. It’s a great way to get Scripture up on the walls and to teach the kids to look for ways to practice their faith.
We begin by placing God’s Word, in regard to love, around our home. Then we explain to our children what the verses mean.
Then we take a large punch bowl and fill it with colorful pens. We happen to like gel pens, but really any writing utensil will work. Then we put in squares of colorful paper. Whenever Momma or Daddy sees one of our children practicing love- Biblically speaking- they get to cut out a paper heart and write what they did. Then they get to decorate the house with their good deeds.
By the time Valentine’s Day approaches, we have lovely hearts- representing the good fruits of the Holy Spirit- adorning our home. Our kids have had a full month of practicing love with those around them.
Love is Patient – Lily did not stomp her feet while waiting for her friend to hop off the swing.
Love is Kind- Rose gave away a picture to our neighbor, so that she wouldn’t be sad today.
Love is not Jealous- Iris did not pout when she saw the snuggles that Baby Ivy got today.
Love does not Brag- Zeke had a bigger cookie from the cookie jar and did not point it out.
Love is not Arrogant– Tommy didn’t say “I told you so” when he could have.
Love does not Act Unbecomingly- Annie used her best manners today in church.
Love does not Seek it’s Own- Rory played the game that James wanted instead of his own favorite.
Love is not Provoked- Danny didn’t get angry when his friend knocked over his Lego creation.
Love doesn’t Hold a Grudge- Lucas helped Bobby with his reading assignment (even when Bobby was rude to him about it.)
Love does not Rejoice in Sin- Martha didn’t laugh when she saw Julie stick her tongue out at Mrs. Smith.
Love Rejoices in Truth- Callum danced for joy when he read that God is Love.
Love Protects- Sally helped dig the fire hydrant out of the snow so that the houses on her street would be safe.
Encourage one another to put love into practice this month. Remember, without love, all our service is completely useless.
Niccole Perrine moved to Idaho from Alaska in 2011. In her natural habitat she is seen having adventures with her husband and teaching her five children. In her spare time, she enjoys serving in her church at Meridian First Baptist, brainstorming new ways to love others as the Service Project Coordinator for AHG Troop ID2911, and occasionally writing alongside others in Idahope.