Scripture: Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Opening Question to Discuss: Does love mean that you always get your way?
“Be devoted to one another in love . . . “
Devoted means “give all or a large part of one’s time or resources to, commit, pledge (promise), dedicate, be constant.”
If we’re devoted to something, we work at it. It’s not just something that happens, we have to plan it. It’s an action that we have to choose or perform.
What can we do as a family to take “action” to love each other every day?
How would it change our lives if we promise to work at loving each other?
“. . . Honor one another above yourselves.”
OOOOOhhhh, this one is HARD sometimes! We naturally tend to think of our ourselves. What do I want to do? How do I get what I want? How do I get comfortable? God wants us to honor one another above ourselves. He just commanded it in this verse!
Talk about ways you can honor each other this week.
-paying attention to the tone of our voices (especially in the morning!)
-replying kindly and quickly when asked to do a chore
-helping others in the family without them having to ask (or beg) you
Third Point: Secret Hearts
Some people do this at Christmas, but you can do this any time of year! Cut out paper hearts and have each member of the family write their name on a heart. Fold the hearts and place in a cup. Everyone draws a name from the cup (no peeking!). For the next week, each person SECRETLY does nice things for the person they drew. Ideas: fold and put up that person’s laundry, clean out that person’s car, leave that person a(typed) note with something wonderful about them, make a sticky note scavenger hunt with many clues and a prize at the end, etc. At the end of the week everyone will attempt to guess who their “secret heart” belongs to!
How easy was it to guess who had your secret heart?
Is this something you’d like to continue doing every week?
You can do random acts of kindness to anyone and honor them.