Valentine’s Day is that time of year when we typically think about romantic love; boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives. And while the Bible has much to say about romantic relationships, emphasizing “romance” with children isn’t really healthy or appropriate. But that doesn’t mean children are excluded from this fun holiday. Peers, teachers, and family members enjoy exchanging “valentines” with children and friends at this time of year.
Neither does it mean that the Bible can’t speak to the holiday. Before they’re old enough to explore romantic love, children can learn about a number of strong biblical themes that will help understand the essence of love and lay a foundation for loving relationships as they mature. Here are some biblical themes you may want to discuss with children…
Forgiveness. All healthy relationships, romantic or not, require forgiveness sooner or later. Consider the story of Joseph forgiving his brothers to teach children about forgiveness.
Service. Love is often best demonstrated through service. Help children think about loving through service with these service-related activities.
Generosity. Our loving God is generous. True love always finds expression in generosity. The story of A Room for Elisha is a great study in generosity for children. (This lesson can be purchased for $5.95.)
Sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” Jesus’ death on the cross is the greatest demonstration of sacrificial love. This kind of love is always essential to healthy relationship. As appropriate, talk to your kids about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
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