7. We Love Because He First Loved Us
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While there is no rule that these seven lessons must be taught in a certain order, I listed them this way intentionally. First, to heal trauma. Then to encourage deep openness with peers and God. Starting with good peers opens up trust for a person to believe in a God that just wants good for them. From there, sending them out into the world and then finally, here we are sharing reminders of encouragement with them so they remain on this amazing journey.
Of all the things that we teach any child (or any one) I can’t think of anything more important than simply showing them and helping them understand how loved they are. In 1 John 4:19 we read, “We love because he first loved us.”
The best way to help their faith is by being that person that simply shows them love.
Activity Idea: This would be more of a warm and fuzzy setting, but it’s nice to have that balance of fun, deep, and just plain kind. If you have group leaders, it would really go a long way to just truly recognize everyone in your group. You could have them come up on a stage and “receive” recognition, or some kind of award with a little speech or comment for each person. These things can be very powerful and can show some young people the beginning of the truth that they are loved just because of who God is.
We are in our positions because we were motivated in our spirits to love the youth of our generation. We are called to love them.
This doesn’t mean agreeing to everything they say, sitting back and allowing things, or allowing them to act on every thought that comes to their mind. No, a long-lasting love is rooted in correction, in challenges, in encouragement, and in being consistent in both dark and light times.
You are a chosen people, and I am so proud to be alongside you. You are loved.
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