Family Love

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."

(Ephesians 2:8-10)

Background

Grace is an unearned gift from God. It is God's forgiveness offered to us through our belief in Jesus Christ. In early Christianity and in pagan cultures, it was understood that one could earn one's way into a better life. Some cultures believed that good works were more important than faith. This Scripture passage reminds us that good works are a result of salvation. One has a desire to do good for others because of one's belief in God through Jesus Christ.

Activity

Hold a family meeting. Discuss some actions beyond the obvious ones that convey love to various family members. Here are some examples:

  • Mom says, "When you follow my directions the first time, I feel as though you are showing me respect and love."
  • Nathan says, "When you spend time with me, I feel that you really care about me."
  • Kaitlyn says, "When you listen to my point of view, you let me know that I'm loved."
  • Dad says, "Our older next door neighbors need help with cutting their grass. Let's mow their lawn together. "

We express kindness and love when we show one another respect. Discuss actions that can be taken in each family member's daily life to reflect Jesus' way to offer love and respect. Develop a plan to hold one another accountable for these actions. Jesus reminds us that Christian stewardship involves taking care of others and ourselves. All that we experience in life is a gift from God. God calls us to be good stewards of family relationships.

As an enhancement to this lesson, you may purchase the game The New Kid's Choices Board Gameand play it with your family.

Prayer

Help me to see when I can be the hands and feet of Jesus in my school, at home, and at church. Remind me to be a faithful steward by showing love and respect to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Ruth M. Blum is an ordained United Methodist Deacon who serves as Associate Pastor of Children and Families at Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church in Glendale, Arizona. You may contact Ruth by e-mail at [email protected].

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