The Bible has a lot to say about love! Why do
you think this is so?
The Scriptures tells us that God, the Creator of
Heaven and Earth, our Maker, is LOVE; it's his nature to
love! (1 John 4:8)
Let's read the definition of love from the
dictionary, (choose an age-appropriate definition such as: a feeling of strong affection for a person;
or the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship.)
Now let's see how the Bible describes
"love." As I read, take note of the words used to describe what
love is, and what love isn't.
Corinthians 1:1-13 from the New English Translation or
the New King James Version (some translations do not use the
How does the Bible describe "what love
is"? (Spend some time explaining the meaning of: patient, kind, rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. )
What does the Scripture say "love is
not"? (Spend some time explaining the meaning of: Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about
What do think is the meaning of this phrase: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging
cymbal. (Love is much more than a
feeling. Love is action; it is a resolve to treat others as we want to be treated.
In other words, our "loving words" are just a lot of noise,
like clanging cymbals,
if our actions don't match what we say.)
verses also show us how God loves us--he is patient with us, his love
never ends, he bears with us—he endured the cross for us!