3 Bible Stories to Teach Your Kids about Love

by Jess Wolstenholm on May 18, 2020

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My daughter gets off the bus with a blank face. Maybe she’s tired or maybe it’s been a tough day at school. Kindergarten is just hard, folks.

She runs to me and I reach out my arms to welcome her. No matter what the day held, she’s home now. She’s mine.

I ask her about her day. What did you do? Who did you play with? Almost always these days, our conversation moves to the “mean girl.”

When her teacher first told us about the “mean girl” in our semester conference, I was surprised. My daughter had never mentioned an issue. Almost simultaneously though, she began to share about the girl who bullies her away from playing with others. She’s unleashed her fury on all the girls, not just mine.

I’m slowly getting over the fact that my daughter is in kindergarten and already dealing with a “mean girl” by focusing my energy on intentionally teaching her how NOT to be one and how to love one. Though I’m surprised and honestly annoyed that we are facing this issue, I am thankful the interaction is encouraging us to make love the theme in our conversations of faith.

I’ve been looking for more ways to show my kids what the Bible says about love. Here are a few stories we're focusing on during this season.

3 Bible Stories That Teach Kids About Love

The Vine and the Branches

John 15:9-15

Bible Truth: Jesus loves us, and that helps us love others.

Through Jesus’ illustration of the grapevine, we see our relationship with Him as life-giving, nourishing and as important as the connection between the vine and branch. This simple, yet powerful picture is one your children can understand. Verse 9 encourages us to remain in His love. Love comes from a heart that is connected to Jesus. When we truly know Him and understand His heart for us and for others, we will love well.

Related Memory Verse: We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

 

Zaccheus

Luke 19:1-10

Bible Truth: Love the unlovable.

Even though he was known as a sinful, tax collector, Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus the day He came to town. Use this story to help your child understand that unkind, unpleasant, unlovable people still want to be known and loved even though they don’t act like it. Jesus gives a wonderful example in this story of reaching out to someone who is unloved by many. He goes out of His way to reach out and Zacchaeus’ heart is changed by His love.

Related Memory Verse: Love others as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Continue the conversation about loving the unlovable by watching these shows about Zaccheus on Minno:

Holy Moly: Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Jesus Storybook Bible: The Man Who Didn't Have Any Friends (None) 

Tune Time: Chips

Friends and Heroes: Senators Only

  

The Good Samaritan 

Luke 10:26-37

Bible Truth: Love those in need.

Jesus instructs us to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” When asked “Who is our neighbor?” He responds with this story we’ve all heard a thousand times in so many ways. The Good Samaritan is a foundational example of what it means to be a Christian. Our children need to be encouraged to notice those in need around them. Through this teaching, we can help foster a heart of compassion in our kids. We can teach them to see and then act when others are in need. In doing so, we are encouraging a love that puts others first.

Related Memory Verse: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)

Continue the conversation about loving those in need by watching these shows about the Good Samaritan on Minno:

Pahappahooey Island: The Good Island Samaritan

Holy Moly: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Friends and Heroes: Lost in Alexandria

Theo: Love Thy Neighbor

Want more Bible help to teach your kids about love? Download our 5 Bible Memory Verses for Kids About Love printable.

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