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Permanent Love

Permanent and electro-magnets

Bible Text:

1 John 4:10.

Materials You Need:

A permanent magnet and keeper (preferably a horseshoe shape).
Label the magnet, "Jesus" and the keeper, "Me".
An electromagnet and a battery.
The above can be sourced at Toy and Electronic Spares stores.
Some small nails.
A heart cut out from the lid of a tin lid and covered with green card on one side and pink card on the other.

The Effect:

When the electromagnet is connected it to a battery, electricity flows through the coil around the iron core and turns it into a magnet.   It will then pick up some nails, but drop them when the battery is disconnected.

On the other hand, a permanent magnet picks up a green tin heart and it will stick to the magnet and not fall off.

Age Group:

Grades 1 - 7 (7 to 14 years).

Theme:

Understanding the depth of Jesus' love for us.

Topic:

Jesus,love.

 

Am I Loved?

Does Jesus and God love me?  Because we are undeserving, it's not easy to understand the depth of Jesus' love for us and how freely He loves us.  I am going to read out some of the things we say about God's love for us:

  1.  I think I have earned the love that I receive.
  2.  Deep down I fear that I am not loved.
  3.  I am loved only when I am lovable or do something good.
  4.  I feel that God's love for me depends on how good I am.
  5.  Deep down I know I don't deserve the love that I get.

Our Love:

Our love is like my electromagnet.  Without power it can't pick up anything.  When I connected it to a battery, the electricity flows through the coil around the iron core and turns it into a magnet.   I can pick up some nails with it. (Show the children how the electromagnet works and picks up nails).  But, the magnet is not permanent.  When I disconnect the battery, the iron core loses its magnetism and the nails drop off (Disconnect the electromagnet and the nails will drop off).

This is much like our love.  Peter said that he loved Jesus and would even go to prison and die for Him.  But, only a short while later Peter denied he knew Jesus three times.  Our love soon grows cold like this green heart (Show the green side of the tin heart).

God's Love:

God does not love us because we deserve it.  In fact He loves us so much that He allowed Jesus to die for our sins long before we were born.   God loves us in spite of what we are, what we have done, and what we say.  In 1 John 4:10, the Bible tells us about God's love:

"This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us
And sent His Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven."

Jesus' Love:

Because of what Jesus has done for us, we know that we are always loved by God.  Jesus' love is like this permanent magnet.  It is strong and attracts us to Himself (Show how the permanent magnet attracts the keeper, "Me"). Jesus' love warms us and melts our hard and cold hearts.

(Remove the keeper and pick up the green tin heart).  It makes our hearts soft like this pink heart (Lift up the magnet and show the pink side of the tin heart).  Look how it easily it picked up the heart and how the heart sticks to it.  Proverbs 18:24 tells us that we have a Friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Our Best Friend:

This Friend is Jesus.  He is our Best Friend, Saviour and Lord.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  We may not understand this, but if we let Jesus' love fill our hearts, He will guard us and keep us safe until one day we see Him in Heaven.  I want to be loved by God, don't you?  Well do what Jude 24-25 says:

"Keep yourself in the love of God!"

Let's pray now and ask Jesus to fill our hearts with His love.  And then we will begin to understand how much Jesus really loves us!

God bless.
 

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