1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
- The Bible
- Measuring Cups
- Tape Measure
The love of God is probably the most favorite of all God’s attributes. At same time it could also be the most misinterpreted. One thing is for sure, everything that God does is motivated by His own character – love. Thus, the greatest demonstration of God’s love is when He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ so that you and I will be saved from eternal damnation.
Join us as we journey in discovering the beauty of God’s love through our family devotionals.
Prayer has always been the start of all our family devotionals. At times, we encourage the kids to lead the prayer. We asked Zoe to lead the prayer.
After prayer, we read to them a beautiful story about Tommy and His Grandfather. (You could also ask your kids to read the story aloud too)
Tommy was mad – red hot mad! Maybe he deserved a little punishment for taking the old battle sword from its case and playing with it, but having to miss the biggest baseball game of the year was cruel and unusual punishment. “You make my life miserable. I wish I had a different grandfather!” Tommy yelled over his shoulder as he ran to the bus stop. He didn’t care if his words hurt: he hoped they did.
He was still mad after school while they did chores in the barn. Tommy wouldn’t even look at his grandfather. As they worked in silence, Tommy was thinking to himself, “I hope he feels bad. I’ll never be nice to him again. That’ll show him!”
Suddenly his grandfather’s voice ripped through his thoughts, “Tommy!! Watch out!” Grandfather’s body slammed against his so hard that it knocked him to the ground five feet away. As he hit the ground, Tommy heard a crash and his grandfather moan in pain. He turned to see grandfather half buried in several bails of hay and blood beginning to stain the ground around his left arm.
“Are you all right?” Tommy yelled as he ran to his side.
“Yes, son. I don’t think anything is broken, but I need something to wrap my arm. I’ve got a nasty gash.”
As Tommy raced to get a cloth he nearly tripped over the old battle sword he had left in the hayloft the night before. Sick understanding dawned on him. He’d blown it big time. Instead of putting the sword back in the display case as his grandfather had commanded, Tommy hid it in the hayloft. The sword fell from the loft and sliced his grandfather’s arm!
“I’m so sorry, Grandpa. It’s all my fault.” Tommy said as he wrapped the cloth around the arm. “I didn’t put the sword away. I was so mad at you that I left it on top of the hay. Then, I treated you like I hated you. You should have let the hay fall on me.”
Holding his throbbing arm, Grandpa fought back the pain and smiled. “Tommy, I love you. I saw the sword falling, and I couldn’t stand there and let it fall on you. No matter how you treat me and no matter what you do, I love you.”
We made some questions for the kids to answer and for them to just go beyond then reading or hearing the story.
- How did Tommy’s Grandfather show real love?
- What do you think real love is? Do you think it’s…
- A warm feeling inside
- Caring about those who love you
- Being nice to your sibling
- Putting someone else before yourself
- None of the above
- All of the above
- Looking at how Tommy treated his grandfather at the beginning of the story, do you think it was right? Why?
- Do you think Tommy deserved real love after the way he acted? Why/why not?
We related the story to the love of God for us. We asked them to read John 15:13 “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Just like the Grandfather of Tommy, so is the love of God for us, even better. His love is perfect. God demonstrated His love through His only Son Jesus Christ. His love for us motivated Him to make the biggest sacrifice a Father could do. Let His Son die on our behalf so that justice may be served and so that you and I may have a father and son relationship with Him.
We then got the measuring cups, tape measure and watch to the table. Of course the kids asked what are those for.
Measuring the Love of God
First, my husband got the tape measure. The tape measure is used to measure the length, the width and the height of a certain object. We asked the kids to measure our table and some other objects. Then we asked them to measure the love of God? The Bible says in
Psalm 36:5-6 “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.”
God’s love reaches to the heavens. Isn’t that amazing?
Vincent got his watch. He asked if there was a certain time of the day that the Lord did not love us? Is it possible that the Lord only loves us from 10am to 5pm? Then the rest of the time God’s love for us stops? Let’s see what the Bible says…
Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.”
His love doesn’t stop. It continues on forever. ❤️
Now the measuring cups, we asked them we can measure how deep the love of God is.
God’s love is abounding. It is overflowing. A thousand cups are not enough to measure His love for us
Psalm 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
That is why nothing can separate us from the love of God
Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We ended being amazed of God’s love for us and ended with a praise song “The Father’s Love” by Sovereign Grace.
I hope this will refresh our hearts as a family.