The apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians somewhere around 55 A.D. because the church at Corinth asked for advice. Known as the Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13 describes the function of love and how it appears in the life of a believer. It explains that spiritual gifts, while important to the life of the church, are ineffective without love.
Cut and paste the outlines of 10 flowers onto a sheet of paper. In the center of each flower list one of the characteristics of love, including patient, kind, forgiving, puts others first, rejoices in truth, protects, trusts, hopes, keeps on trying and wins out. Tell the children to cut out each of the flowers and attach each flower to a craft stick. Pass out an 8-oz. plastic water bottle with the top cut off. Let the children decorate the vase for their love bouquet. When they have decorated the vase , place the love flowers in the vase. This activity is suitable for Pre-K through Grade 6.
Seeing Through a Mirror Dimly
Take a large hand mirror and dim the glass by rubbing it with a bar of soap. Take a second mirror where the glass is clear. Read I Corinthians 13:12. Pass around the mirrors and have the children observe how well they can see in each mirror. Explain that God sees us as clearly as the clean mirror, but often we see only as clearly as the soap-covered mirror. Talk about the value of trusting God when you can't see clearly what is ahead or why something happens. This activity is suitable for Grades 2 through 6.
Love Pencil Activities
Read 1 Corinthians 13. Discuss why you want love as the motivation for actions. Have the students construct a valentine to give to someone who demonstrates love as a primary motivation. Encourage them to mirror their lives after that person. Give students the packet "The Gift of Love" available at children.cccm.com. and the "Love Is" word search from www.kidssundayschool.com. This activity is suitable for Grades 2 through 6.
Love in Action
Have one of the students read what love is in I Corinthians 13:4-8a. Discuss some ways students can put love in action. For example, they could share a sandwich with a child who doesn't have a lunch, or could help a next-door neighbor carry in her groceries. Ask each child to choose one way to show love in action this week and report on the experience next week. In preparation for the week's practice, have each child make an "I'm love in action" button to wear. This activity is suitable for Grades 2 through 12.
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