Hands-on Faith for Families – week of August 19, 2019
Theme: Put on Love
Love Is Not Self-Seeking
Scripture: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;(1 Corinthians 13:4, 5 ESV)
Play: Divide a snack into enough portions for you and each of your children, but vary the size of the portions. Ask who wants the largest share, and don’t hand out the snack until everyone agrees on who gets which portion. Then, give your share to the child who accepts the smallest portion.
Talk: When dividing a treat or doing something fun with a friend or sibling, we often want to give ourselves the biggest portion or be the first to play in a game. Putting others first can be hard. God asks us to love the people in our lives. We do this best when we stop to think about their needs instead of only our own. As 1 Corinthians 13:5 tells us, love is not self-seeking because it seeks to meet other people’s needs, too. What things can you do to put a friend or family member’s needs before your own?
Pray: Ask God to help you not think only about yourself but about others, too.
— Naomi Cassata
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