One of the best ways to help children understand God’s love is to help them embed bible verses about God’s love in their hearts. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Having Bible verses stored up in our hearts from childhood is one of the greatest blessings we can receive. It serves us in times of trial, distress, discouragement, and temptation. Without these bits of wisdom to guide us, we can’t understand the fullness of His love for us.
Remind your kids how much God loves them personally. Talk about Matthew 19:14 where Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
True love shows through our actions. It is much more than a feeling. God shows love in the biggest way possible by sacrificing His precious Son. With your child, brainstorm some ways that we show love through our actions.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1a)
This is one of the most inspirational bible verses for kids, and one they can readily understand. The loving bond between parent and child is deep, fierce, and difficult to explain. It is one of the strongest loves we will experience in our lifetime.
Ask your child: Did you know that God loves you even BIGGER than Mommy and Daddy? Talk about the relationship of trust we can have with Him.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)
Love originates with God – it is His inherent nature. If we are His children, we will show this same type of love. Discuss with your child some ways we can love other people.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
This is one of the first verses we often memorize as children, and with good reason. Discuss with your child God’s love for each person in the world, no matter their age, color, nationality, or background.
“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15)
God’s love is often expressed in his patience toward us. Talk about the seriousness of sin and how it makes God angry. Then, discuss His patience and desire for us to become His children.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Because God loves us, He wants us to have the best life possible. Make a list of all the ways God has given you an amazing life.
“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalm 63:3)
Say a prayer of thanksgiving with your child, specifically thanking Him for loving us!
“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:6)
Love is more than just warm fuzzies and hugs. Discuss with your child that REAL love also means disciplining when necessary. Explain that the reason this happens is because we want what is best for them, just as God does for us.
“…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
One of the great things about being loved is having someone to talk to in difficult times. Say a prayer with your child about the things that are bothering them. Express to your child that they can talk to God anytime about their problems. He wants to hear!