Welcome back and happy new year. This term, we will be unpacking the value of love and exploring its value on a personal level, within our school and inside our community. All you need is love!
Key themes to explore
The range of meanings for the word 'love' - friendship love; romantic love; self-centred love; respectful love (for example, for parents) and sacrificial love.
Love is more than just words. explore this with some ideas for a 'Love is' poster; look at ways to express love, for example, marking special days with cards and gifts; flowers; presents; offering help; being there when times are difficult.
Love isn't easy (see 1 Corinthians 13). It involves not giving up; taking time; listening; sharing suffering; being thoughtful. It is said that true love is spelled T I M E.
Love is powerful - motivating good causes; making a difference; overcoming barriers of prejudice and bringing people together.
Key Bible verses
Verses from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
for example love is patient and kind; love is not selfish nor quick tempered; love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting; love never fails; love doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.
See also Colossians 3:14 (CEV):
'Love is more important than anything else. It's what ties everything completely together.'
Love is regarded as the jewel among the virtues - love sums up all the values.
Jesus quotes the key commandments of 'Loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves' - in this way love sums up all that is most important about life.
But love must not be 'just words'. It means something only when it is expressed in action and practical care.
To love means putting other people's needs before your own.
Christians teach that only when we love like this, can we become the best sort of people we can be. Christians believe that Jesus' life and work are our best examples of love in action and they also believe that as they trust in Jesus, he by his Spirit can inspire and work love out through their lives (see Romans 5:1).
Children usually encounter love:
from parents and carers at home
from teachers in school
from their friends and relatives
from other adults in their lives
Equally, children (and adults) who do not experience love might become damaged in some way; for example, they can no longer trust another human being; they cannot settle; they see other people as a threat; and when older they may become withdrawn and even possibly violent.
Christians believe that a loving God made people in love, for love and that when this love is missing their wholeness as human beings begins to unravel.