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Teaching Goal: God commands us to love him and love others.
Scripture: Mark 12:28-31 “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord
our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is
this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater
than these.”
Materials: Heart templates
Pen or markers
I. Lesson and Discussion
A. For two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day you are going to give your kids a “Heart
Attack” by intentionally sending them a love message every day from February 1 to February
14. You can also help your children to use this activity with other family members, friends,
missionaries, nursing home residents and people who need a little extra encouragement.
This activity is based off of Jesus’ teaching as recorded in Mark 12:28-31. The greatest
command is to love God and the second greatest is to love others. Write a love scripture
{Loving God} and a personal message of love {Loving Others} to the targeted individual.
You’ll finish the 14 days with Mark 12:28-31 written on the large heart along with an
explanation of the “Heart Attack” activity.
B. For each of your children, make one copy of the large heart and 13 copies of the smaller
hearts on white or colored paper and decorate as you’d like. Write a “love” scripture on
each of the smaller hearts and a message highlighting something you love about your child.
Love Scriptures
You can choose whatever scriptures you want. Are there scriptures that make you think of
your child? Do you have a life scripture you want to share? Here are a few scriptures that
talk about love:
Numbers 6:24-26
Proverbs 10:12
John 3:16
Romans 5:5
Romans 8:28
I Corinthians 13:4-5
I Corinthians 13:6-7
I Corinthians 13:13
Ephesians 5:1
Philippians 4:8
Colossians 3:14
I John 3:18
I John 4:7-8
I John 4:12
I John 4:16
Love Messages
This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight 13 things you love about your child! How has
God gifted your son or daughter in unique ways? Be intentional about including attributes
that are not performance based. Consider experiences in your life together where you see:
joy; humor; comforting others; compassion; giving; serving; friendship; endurance; patience;
being a peacemaker; and doing more than what was required. Each day, place a heart with
the love messages on your child’s door, bathroom mirror, in a lunch box or some other place
they will find it.