KNOW: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
READ: Luke 10:25-37 (NIrV)
REMEMBER: “Love each other as I have loved you” John 15:12, NIV
SHARE: “Who loves you?” (Answer: Jesus loves me.)
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a wonderful story that reminds us of how far we can go to love others. When I consider all the Samaritan did to care for the injured man I’m reminded of how inconvenient it likely was. How many times in my life am I inconvenienced by the need to care for someone I love? How many times do I take little short cuts to get the task done so I can get back to my agenda? More times than I care to admit. The real conviction comes when I’m reminded of the relationship between the Jewish people and the Samaritans. The Jewish people hated the Samaritan’s and believed they were incapable of kindness. Yet Jesus made the hero a Samaritan and the Jews (Priest & the Levite) were the bad guys. You can imagine how this would make the His audience think. Most of the time we’ll go out of our way to serve and care for someone we love. But are we willing to do the same for someone we don’t? Jesus wants me to love others. And He demonstrates how in this wonderful story of the Good Samaritan. Remind your preschooler throughout the week that He wants us to love others as much as He loves us. “Who love you?” Jesus Loves Me!
Create a Rhythm! I can’t wait for you to see your Small Talk this week. Pick it up when you pick up your child from fpKIDS and have fun with the Cuddle Time suggestion. Make the most of these special moments with your child. If you need another copy, email [email protected] and we’ll email it to you!
KNOW: KINDNESS is showing other they are valuable by how you treat them
READ: Acts 9:26-30
REMEMBER: “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIrV
SHARE: Who has given you a second chance lately? Who needs a second chance from you?
The story of Paul’s conversion from persecuting Christians to becoming one is miraculous. His acceptance by the Christian community at that time was equally miraculous. Welcoming Paul into your home at that time came with significant fear & anger. Why? Because he’d made a career of killing those who professed to believe Jesus was the Son of God. Some of these believers found themselves standing opposite the man who had their uncles, brothers, fathers, cousins and friends condemned and/or killed for their faith in Christ. How forgiving would you be? This brief bit of scripture reminds us of how critical it is to show KINDNESS despite someone’s past. Talk to your kids this week about how to be kind to those who clearly haven’t earned it. ‘Keep it Personal’ by sharing how you’ve had to overcome this challenge.
Create a Rhythm! Grab your God Time this week and find some rich conversation starters to help you walk through the challenge of loving our enemies. If you need another copy, email [email protected] and we’ll email it to you!