This is an Advent lesson that you can use to coincide with the lighting of the candle on your wreath representing "Love". It also can be used any time of the year to talk about the love of Christ and how He lives in us.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:13 and Matthew 25:44-46.
If you are able to, play Matthew West’s song “Do Something” at the end of your story. It is a wonderful testament to our call to be the body of Christ in the world.
We are in the season of Advent; a season of waiting. Waiting for Christmas to come; waiting for baby Jesus; Hoping for all the things He will bring, when he comes to earth again. You've been hearing a lot about how "Love" and how Jesus brought great love to the earth.
We talk about Love a lot. There are “Love Song” on the radio. We have Valentine’s Day to express love to one another. We talk about different kinds of love: for your mom and dad; for a husband or wife; for your friends, for your pets, for your favorite type of ice cream (there’s a special type of love for that!). …but what is “Love”?
One of the best known passages in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13. I'm going to read you part of it [Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7]. That is the best definition of “Love” that we have. You and I are at church right now and it’s full of people who know the Bible well. Many of us are memorizing verses from the Bible, ourselves. We can read passages like this to know what love is. But what if we were someone who didn’t go to church very often or not at all, maybe? What if we had never read the Bible? How would we know what love was then? [Let them share some answers. Children often have great, surprising ideas about things like this.]
What if we were an example of love? What if someone who doesn’t hear the Bible very often saw us being kind or patient? What if they saw us not being jealous when someone else got something better than us or not bragging about what we can do really well. Would that give them an idea what love is? We are the body of Christ. We are called by Jesus to share God’s love with everyone we come in contact with. Sometimes, that just means being like Christ.
I’m going to play a song for you by Matthew West. It’s called “Do Something”, from his album Into the Light*. Listen to the words carefully. The song is partly based on Matthew 25:44-46, where Jesus tells his disciples that when they help others, they are helping Jesus Christ, Himself.
Jesus, as we wait for Christmas and the coming of You, help us to be “Love” in the world. Help us to use you as the example of how to treat other people, give of ourselves and spread your love throughout the world. In your heavenly name we pray. Amen.
*Written by Matthew West Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Kids photo courtesy of Anita Morrison