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Love in Action

In the Relationship Restart series, we are breaking some bad habits and building some new ones to love to people closest to me as Jesus has loved me.

Use this guide to lead your family.  In each guide, you will find a parenting affirmation to help you focus on God's call on you as a parent/guardian.  Then, you will find a Scripture passage from the New International Reader's Version of the Bible.  When you are done reading, there are discussion questions to help your family talk about what you read.  Feel free to add to or skip  questions as time allows.  At some point during the week, it would be extra special to plan to do the optional Family Activity.

Parenting Affirmation:  God sees and appreciates the work I do as a parent.  (Genesis 16:13, Proverbs 15:3)

Read John 15:9-15.

 9 “Just as the Father has loved me, I have loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. In the same way, I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that you will have the same joy that I have. I also want your joy to be complete. 12 Here is my command. Love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than the one who gives their life for their friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I do not call you slaves anymore. Slaves do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends. I have told you everything I learned from my Father  John 15:9-15

Discussion Questions:
  • Who loved you first? And who else?
  • Who are people that you love?
  • Jesus says here, because Jesus loves us, we should remain in this love.  Let’s look at the verses before this in John 15:1-8.
  • What is described here?  (The vine and the branches, a word picture for what remain looks like)
  • So with that picture in mind, by remaining and making sure we understand God’s love for us we can show love to others, especially our friends and family.
  • How do we show those people we love them?

Family Activity:  This is the time of year to thank teachers, moms and other important people in our lives.  What can we do as a family to show love to one of these people?  Create a plan and implement that plan for showing love to someone special in your lives.