“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
Valentine’s Day is a day where we can honor one another in love and devotion. We want to honor this day of love with some of our favorite Bible verses that can be shared and taught to children. Most children will be putting together Valentine’s cards for their classmates and building their boxes to receive their Valentine’s cards from their classmates, but this is an important time to remind them that this holiday is more than just a party in the classroom. We must teach children that this is a holiday to show love for yourself, friends, family, and, of course, the Lord.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
We must teach our children that love, especially self-love, is patient and kind. They must honor themselves and hold themselves in higher light that the Lord holds them in. When they bask in the love of their friends and family, they must not brag about this to others; the Lord loves everyone equally and it is His love that is valuable.
“Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Decisions and actions should be led by love and compassion, as our Lord leads His decisions in love and compassion. As we are created in His image, we must do our best to follow in His actions.
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” (Psalm 143:8)
Each morning, we may bask in the love of the Lord (every day and not just on Valentine’s Day). We put our faith, love, and trust in Him. He will guide us on our right path when we fully trust Him and put our love in Him.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16)
To teach children to love is to teach children about God, as God is the purest of love. When all of us guide our actions in love, we guide our action in God. Part of God lives in each of us and we must use that part to guide us.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
As humans, we are not perfect. We sin. Because love is God and God is love, when we forgive and love one another, despite our sins, we bring God into our forgiveness and forgive our sins. Children must understand that even though sometimes we make mistakes, love and forgiveness will prevail.
We must teach our children to love one another and to love themselves so that they may live closer to the Lord. They must hold the Lord in their hearts. The Lord will guide them and help them shine love onto others. Children are the lights of the world and our generations’ future; instill in them a sense of love and with this love they will know the Lord.