It’s often said that the opposite of love is hate, but that’s simply not true.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shares the details of what love is and what love is not. But generally speaking, if love is the ability to think of others first, then the opposite is to think of yourself first. This is selfishness, and selfishness is a result of our carnal, fleshy, sinful nature.
John 13:34-35 NKJV says,
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Wow, isn’t it amazing that ALL will know that we are disciples of Jesus because of our love for one another?! So in others words, loving one another is an expression of our love for God, and if we don’t love one another then how can we say that we are a disciple of Jesus or, that even love God?!
Love Is Learned
As parents, we are teaching our children about love and the One who is Love long before they’re even born!
As we care for and love on our children, we are showing them the loving nature of God and they are beginning to learn who Love Himself is.
By this, they also start to learn that it’s not just about them receiving love, it’s also about them giving love. And the way they learn to give love is by thinking of others first!
Does love come easy? Absolutely not!
We want nothing more than to give into our flesh and think of ourselves first. But according to Jesus this doesn’t indicate to others that we are a disciple of Jesus. And not only that, loving others is a commandment.
So how do we teach our children to love one another ?
We do this firstly by helping them see that thinking of others first is a priority. Love is a learned behaviour, at least at first, but then through revelation, knowledge and understanding as they accept Jesus as their Lord, Holy Spirit opens Love up to them personally.
Maybe where love was shown grudgingly or of necessity before, with a new perspective through revelation, it begins to shift over into a willingness of heart – where there’s compassion, authenticity and empathy for others.
In the meantime though, we need to do what we can as parents to teach our kids about love in a practical and meaningful way, and there’s no better way than an activity!
FREE Love One Another Activity For Kids
This FREE Love Bingo for Kids is the perfect combination of fun, challenge and practicality to teach your kids about love, so be sure to head on over to Wildly Anchored now to grab your FREE Love Bingo for Kids!
Melanie is a homeschool mom to 2, living in Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about encouraging homeschool moms who are just like her – unqualified to homeschool, yet called by God to do it. Melanie loves coffee, worship music, and the mountains. You can find resources, printables and more from Melanie at Wildly Anchored, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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