Conversation Starters: Love Gets Involved
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Anyone can be nice, and the world applauds random acts of kindness. Random acts of kindness are a good thing, but are they enough? It’s easy to be nice and kind when we feel like it, but the needs of others are not always convenient. Jesus called us to a higher standard: a standard of love that goes the extra mile. He shared a parable to illustrate what loving compassion looks like.
Concept: Love Gets Involved
LIFE POINT: To help people understand the importance of helping others, Jesus told this story:
A man was traveling down a road. Some robbers hurt the man and robbed him. They left the man lying beside the road. Two different men came down the road. When they saw the hurt man, they both crossed the road and kept walking. Then a Samaritan man came along. He wanted to help. The kind man put medicine and bandages on the man. He put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. The next day the man gave the innkeeper some money to take care of the hurt man. Then Jesus asked, “Which of the three men was kind?” The man listening to the story said, “The one who helped the hurt man.” Jesus said, “Go and help others, too.”
LIVE IT OUT: Clap hands with your child and say the following chant: “H – E – L – P; I can help.” Ask your child to name a way he can help. Continue to clap and chant and encourage your child to name ways he can help.
LIFE POINT: An expert in the law asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered by telling a story.
As a man came down the road, robbers attacked him. They robbed him, beat him, and left him almost dead. A priest came by. Then a Levite came. When each saw the hurt man, he crossed to the other side of the road and kept walking. Then a Samaritan man came along. He wanted to help. The Samaritan put medicine and bandages on the man. He put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. The next day the man gave the innkeeper some money to take care of the hurt man. Then Jesus asked, “Which of the three men was kind?” The man listening to the story said, “The one who helped the hurt man.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
LIVE IT OUT: Guide your child to choose someone and show Jesus’ love to that person. He could provide lunch for a homeless person or invite a new friend to a play date. Encourage him to reach out and form a new relationship.
THE POINT: Love for God includes a costly love for others. When have you seen a random act of kindness?
• What is the relationship between loving God and loving others?
• What prevents us from taking action to love others rather than just talking about it?
• How do we move from random acts of kindness to an intentional lifestyle of costly love?
Discuss the following quote:
“Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.”1 — Andrew Murray
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do the Live It Out Activity for the week. Here is
a suggested way to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete the Daily Reading:
• Take time to discuss your student’s scripture readings from this week.