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John 14:15-21

Showing Your Love

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John 14:15-21


Showing Your Love

By Dr. Dan Wuori

Raise your hand if you have a pet that you love. (Oh what a lucky group of pets! I have one that I love too!)

Now, if I came over to your house and watched you together, how could I tell that you love your pet? What kind of things do you do to show your love? (Solicit children’s answers: petting, feeding, grooming, bathing, walking, etc.)

Wow! You sure do love those pets. I can tell, because loving isn’t something you can just SAY you do. Loving is something you SHOW you do. It’s a way you act toward someone or something.

So let me ask you a question: How can we show our love to God?

That’s a little bit harder question, isn’t it? We can’t show God our love in exactly the same ways – but we can show him our love. Do you have any ideas about how? (Again solicit children’s ideas.)

In today’s Gospel story, Jesus tells his disciples that, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” The commandments are God’s special rules.

Jesus says that it’s not enough to just tell God we love him. Instead, we have to show God our love by DOING the right things – just like you show your love to your pets and your parents and your friends.

Quickly – make a plan in your brain for a way that you’re going to show God that you love him this week! Do you have it in there? Good!

Will you pray with me?

Dear God,

We tell you we love you every day – but we know that we need to show our love too. Watch over us this week and help us to make loving decisions every day.


Copyright 2008, Dan Wuori. Used by permission.