"Love one another as I have loved you." This is a tall order for any family, for this kind of love implies sacrifice. Parents sometimes understand sacrifice better than children because of the compromises parenting brings. But children can learn this kind of love, based upon the love of the parents. Ultimately both parents and children learn their love from Jesus.
This week, create a Love Poster. On the top of the poster, write: "Love one another as I have loved you." Brainstorm practical ways family members can love each other the way Jesus loves your family. (Share bathroom time, take out the trash without being asked, say nice things to each other, etc.) Discuss the cost of each activity. (How will you have to change to live out what your family wrote down?) At the bottom of the poster, write the word "Sacrifice." Discuss the meaning of the word and how love demands sacrifice. End the discussion by reading John 15:9-14. Emphasize Jesus died for us because he loved us and was willing to sacrifice everything first.