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The Agape Love: teaching our children to love like Jesus

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s love day, a day to show those close to us just how much we care. There are flowers for the ladies, a small gift for the guys, and cards for our classmates, but what is a day of love without the true Source of love?

Justice from Inspirus Kids books, You Were Created and You Are Gifted with crayon hearts for Valentine's Day, a young Black girl with curly hair and a white shirt surrounded by crayon colored pink hearts, Black girl love graphic

Agape is Greek and used in the New Testament to describe the fatherly love of God to humans and our love for Him. It’s the absolute highest and purest love possible. Agape is used in John 3:16 to explain why God would send His only Son to die for our sins.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 graphic

In all Jesus did and His ultimate purpose for coming to Earth was agape love true love.

So, on this day of love, how are we teaching our kids to love like Jesus and overflow agape love in all they do?

Here are some tips for teaching the little ones to love:

1. Be the example. Our kids learn more from what we do than what we say. Make sure that in all you do, you’re overflowing with the love of Christ.

2. Read the scriptures about Jesus’ love for your children. As you read, help them to understand the story. Allow them to ask questions and ask them questions, too. Some good places to start: Matthew 14:13-21, John 9:1-12, and John 13:1-17.

3. Affirm their behavior when you see them being loving. When you see your child being loving, acknowledge it! Saying things like, “Wow! That was so kind and loving of you,” “You are so loving,” and “I saw you ______ for ____. That was such a loving thing to do.” Make these behaviors significant moments in their day, so they are likely to repeat. On the other hand, when opportunities are missed, open up a conversation about what held them back from an act of love.

Here’s to the overflowing love of Jesus overflowing past Valentine’s Day.♥️


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