We are working together on memorizing 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a in Club & at first read, it looks like just one huge list. How can I every remember all those things?! the kids think. I’ve got a few helps for those who are interested…
“Love is patient, love is kind.”
– point with both hands to the left for these first two. These tell us what love IS.
“It does not Envy, it does not Boast.”
– point over to your right now with both hands. These two are the opposite of what love does. It’s NOT what I want to be, B.E. Turn “be” around to remember the E word comes first & then the B word. Envy is first, then boast.
Now comes a group of four “it is not”s…
“It is not proud“
– Stand up straight & haughty, smug.
“It is not rude“
– Kind of stick your tongue out when you say this one!
“It is not self-seeking“
– Use your hand to shelter your eyes like you’re searching for something (looking out for number one).
“It is not easily angered“
– Stomp your feet & shake your fists.
“It keeps no record of wrongs”
– Pretend like you are writing in air. Imagine writing in a ledger (record keeping book).
Now you have the first half down!! Ready to learn the second half? It starts out with a sing-songy sentence. There are two parts to the sentence. The first part has two Ds in it that are close together. That’s how you know what comes first…
“Love Does not DElight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
– Stress the “not”, “evil”, “joices”, and “truth” to keep the beat.
Now we’ve got another list. The list has four things in it. The first and last start with P, while the two in the middle are TH. To remember what comes next, right after the sing-song part, I think about that pelican we’ve talked about in class. He gives and he gives and he gives without thinking of himself & what he’ll get out of it. One of the ways he gives is by covering up his or her eggs & protecting them from the hot sun. That pelican reminds me…
“It always Protects”
– Hunch shoulders & spread arms like wings to cover up those little pelican eggs.
– There’s the T word.
– And the H word.
– And finally, the last P word in the list.
We wrap it up with the “toughest part”…
“Love never fails!”
Now that you have God’s definition of love locked up in your brain, let it remind you whenever problems with your siblings or others arise. What’s wrong? Think through your lists. Chances are, you are boasting, or envying someone, or you need to trust, or protect the other. Jesus tells us to love others as He has loved us. We only know what love is because He first showed us love! (Our hymn- Oh, How I Love Jesus)
Try putting “God” in everywhere the word “Love” appears. It works! The Bible tells us “God IS Love” so you can say God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy. He does not boast. He is not proud, He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered. He keeps no record of wrongs. He does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails!!