8 ways to teach your child about God’s love

Valentine’s Day is the day America celebrates our loved ones. We tend to buy expensive gifts and elaborate cards to show our family and friends how much we love them. But did you know that this tradition began around 270 AD in an ancient pagan festival that celebrated fertility on February 15? The name is believed to have come from a priest named Saint Valentine who was beheaded on February 14 because he performed illegal marriage ceremonies. And because a signed note addressed to her love was found on the morning of her death, she was born on Valentine’s Day.

As a married woman, I love receiving gifts of affection from my husband and I dedicate myself to thinking of something different each year to show my love for him. I even give my 12-year-old son candy and “be mine” note cards to show signs of love too. This is what we have been conditioned to do. But does this really show our loved ones what true love is? What are we doing to show God’s love to each other and to our children on a daily basis? Should buying an expensive gift justify our true love for each other? Well, some of us may say, “It’s good to get gifts, what’s wrong with that?” Nothing, if you really practice and know the true meaning of love, that no gift can replace. And as Christian parents, we must make sure that our children know how much God loves them, so that they do not grow up looking and trying to fill a void for someone or something that may disappoint them. Here are 8 ways to teach your child about God’s love through His word:

1) This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ gave his life for us. And we must lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3: 15-17

2) Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, will be with us in truth and love. 2 John 1: 2-4

3) Stay in the love of God as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to lead you to eternal life. Jude 1: 20-22

4) Jesus replied: “Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false witness, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 19: 18-20

5) Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22: 36-38

6) Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Psalm 136: 1-3

7) But if someone obeys his word, God’s love is truly complete in him. This is how we know we are in it. 1 John 2: 4-6

8) Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4: 6-8

This Valentine’s Day, let’s teach our children that God’s love is the true meaning of love. And then our “spiritual gifts” will be a little more valuable this year and for years to come. We owe them so much …