Love Confession

August 25, 2019

What is Love?

Every year at the Lincoln Elementary (3YO-4th grades) and Intermediate (5th-6th grades), our school chooses a fruit of the spirit to focus on. For the 2019-2020 school year, we have decided the word “love.” What a powerful word all of us can learn more about and spread to those around us! Just the other day, my children were having “differences” with a toy and my response to my oldest was, “are you showing your brother the fruit of the spirit of love?” Needless to say, I’ve said that a few times!

In our confession, you will see that it starts out with our 3-year-olds speaking “I have the agape LOVE of God.” I love how Rick Renner explains the words “agape love.” Agape occurs when an individual sees, recognizes, understands, or appreciates the value of an object or a person, causing the viewer to behold this object or person in great esteem, awe, admiration, wonder, and sincere appreciation.” Wow, what great fruit our students/children will produce if they get this right! So join with us this school year in helping our son or daughter speak this confession daily so it will be so ingrained in them that they can’t help but love those around them!

*Italicized text taken from Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner

LOVE DAILY CONFESSION

“I have the agape love of God.” (3YO-John 3:16)

“The love of God has been poured inside my heart.” (PK-Romans 5:5)

“I walk in love, even as Christ also loved me, and gave himself up for me.” (Kindergarten-Ephesians 5:2)

“I speak the truth of the Word of God in love and I grow up into Jesus in all things.”

(1st Grade-Ephesians 4:15)

“God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.”

(2nd Grade-2 Timothy 1:7)

“I am being rooted and grounded in love and strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

(3rd Grade-Ephesians 3:17-19)

“God’s love in me is patient and kind; God’s love in me doesn’t envy or brag.”

(4th Grade-1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

“God’s love in me doesn’t rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth; bears up under all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.”

(5th Grade-1 Corinthians 13:6-7)

“The love of God in me never fails.” (6th Grade-1 Corinthians 13:8)