Family Night Ideas: Give a New Beginning
For this family night, give each person a blank sheet of paper and ask them to draw a vertical line down the center. On the left hand side of the page, ask family members to write down everything they did last week that might have caused God to love them less. On the right side of the paper, ask them to list everything they could do in the coming week that might help God to love them more. After a few moments of silence, share these words with your family: “This was a bit of a tricky exercise. You see, all of us should have completely blank pages because there’s nothing that we can do to cause God to love us more or less. He simply loves us!”
Continue the discussion:
- You might have been inclined to list sins and failures on the left side of the page and some of your “good deeds” on the right side. Did you start to write something on the paper? If so, what does that tell you about your concept of God’s love? This exercise is a great reminder of the truth: There’s NOTHING that can separate us from God’s love. It’s unconditional. It’s permanent and unwavering.
- Now that you realize that there is nothing you can do or fail to do that will cause God to love you less, how does that make you feel? Pause and express your GRATEFULNESS to God. Pray together as a family. Thank God for loving you with no strings attached.
John 15:12 tells us to, “Love each other as I have loved you.” If nothing can separate us from God’s love, shouldn’t our love for others be as constant and durable? Unfortunately, we often see our family members and friends with “performance glasses” where they have to earn our love.
Since we’re not perfect in our ability to love each other (like we experience with God), it important to reassure one another about our love. Ask each family member to choose one of the sentences below (or create one of their own) and say it out loud to each person. Look your family members in the eye and communicate with sincerity.
- “I want to learn how to better love you as God loves me.”
- “Even though we’re different, I want you to be sure that I love you!”
- “I love you and I will always love you. There’s nothing you can do to make me love you more. There’s nothing you can do to make me love you less. I’ll always be here for you.”
- “I always want you to know and feel my love for you. Even when we may disagree, I want you to be secure in my love.”
Close this family night with some hugs! Celebrate the great things that happen when we live out God’s command to love each other the way He has loved us (John 15:12).