Editor’s note: If you’re looking for a Christian lesson plan to use on Valentine’s Day, today’s post is for you! For more FREE resources to use in celebrating Valentine’s Day, look to CTA’s Resource & Idea Center.
Ask the students: Why is Valentine’s Day so much fun? Why do you like it? Do you think there are people who don’t like Valentine’s Day? Why do you think they feel that way?
Valentine’s Day is fun for most people but for someone who is hurting or feels unloved, Valentine’s Day might be kind of hard.
Today we’re going to learn about the very best Valentine, a Valentine that is for everyone, is always true and will last forever!
Based on the age level of your students, do the following activity in small groups, individually, or as a large group. Have them list the following items and then share their answers.
- Make a list of foods you love.
- Make a list of things you love to do.
- Make a list of people you love.
Ask and discuss: Are all those “loves” the same?
Next, ask for another list: Make a list of people who love you.
Ask: How do you know they love you?
Ask: What is love? Let’s look to see what God says about love.
Look up 1 Corinthians 13. Read the verse and make a list of all the traits of love.
Say: Because God loves you, he has put many people in your life who love you. Unfortunately, no matter how much someone loves you, that person is a sinner—just like you and me—and he or she will always fail you. At some point, even people who love you will hurt you. They don’t want to hurt you, but because they are sinners they will. The only One who loves you completely and perfectly is God. Let’s go back and read 1 Corinthians 13 again and this time when you see the word love, we will say “God’s love is” (for example “God’s love is kind.”)
Earlier we talked about how you know people love you. We talked about what they say and do to show you their love. How do you know God loves you? (Give time for responses.) Let’s look at what God says and what he has done to prove his love for you. (Again, you can do this in small groups, individually, or in a large group. Categorize verses by words that describe God’s love and ways that God shows his love.)
In the Bible, God assures you over and over again that he loves you, but more than that, he shows you! (Reiterate how God’s love is described and what Jesus did for us based on the verses you just looked up.) Your sin separates you from God, but God’s love for you is so big that he sent Jesus, his own Son, to die in your place so that your sins can be forgiven.
What an amazing gift God gives you! Jesus is truly the very best Valentine ever!
Please pray with me: Dear God thank you for telling me over and over how much you love me. Thank you for showing me your love by sending Jesus to die and wash away my sins. Help me to share your love with others. Amen.
Heart Craft: Give each student a large heart and have them write these three things on it. (If you are teaching younger students, do the writing for them ahead of time and talk about it together.)
- In the middle of the heart write “God Loves Me” in large letters.
- On one section of the heart, write “God’s love is . . .” and list the traits from 1 Corinthians 13.
- On another section, write reasons why you know that God loves you: “Nothing will ever separate me from God’s love.” God loved me while I was still a sinner.” “God sent Jesus to die for me.” “He cares for me.” (Use the verses you looked up during the lesson for ideas.)
After all the writing is complete, decorate the heart.
Conversation Hearts: Use heart stickers (or cookies) to share messages of God’s love with others. Write short messages about God’s love on the hearts and then give them away. Examples of what to write: “Jesus loves you.” “Jesus died for you.” “God’s love never fails.” “You are loved.” “I’m His.” “Nothing Separates.”
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