February is the perfect month to talk with your kids about what true love is really like. Two great Bible passages to base your conversation on is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and Galatians 5:22-23.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIRV)
4 Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. 5 It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. 6 Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. 7 It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up. 8 Love never fails.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIRV)
22 But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful23 and gentle and having control of oneself.
Last year we focused on the Galatians passage and made this heart wreath.
We hung it on the side of our fridge visible for all to see every time they walked up the stairs to the kitchen. It was a good visual aide for me and the kids to read whenever we needed a little reminder.
This is a great craft idea to do with your kids around Valentine’s Day. If you do not have a heart punch, then use a stencil or free hand the hearts. Let the kids pick what colors they want to use. Last year we taped the hearts to wire to hang it. This year we did 1 Corinthians 13 and I used tape to put them all together.
Valentine’s Day is just one more example of a way we can use a holiday to bless and teach our kids about true love. What ideas do you have about enjoying Valentine’s Day with your kids?