4 Corners of God’s Love   15 comments

Works well near Valentine’s Day…

submitted by: Ken Forbes

This is my all-time favourite children’s address. Start (before showing the paper) with a little mental arithmetic. Ask a few questions like: ‘If I have five Smarties and I give two to you and one to you, how many do I have left?’ (I found our kids to be a lot better at this that I’d thought they’d be, and ended up giving them some quite complicated sums. There’s hope for our education system yet!)
Then show the paper with GOD’S LOVE on it.
“Here’s something we’ve ALL got to give away – God’s love. And you can see that God’s Love has four corners – doesn’t it. Well now, here’s a strange thing. Suppose I give you one of my corners of God’s Love. (Take a pair of scissors from your pocket, cut of one of the corners, and give it to a child.) How many corners do I have left – Three? Are you SURE? Let’s count them. One, two, three, four, FIVE! How about that! I started with four corners of God’s Love, I gave one away, and now I’ve got FIVE! Let’s see what happens if I give away another one. (Cut and give) NOW how many have I got? One, two, three, four, five, six. It seems as if I end up with MORE corners of God’s Love every time I give one away. I started with FOUR, and I gave one to you… I did give you ONE, didn’t I? Are you sure? Just hold up the corner of God’s Love that I gave you and let’s have a look at it. (Child holds up her triangle.) LOOK! Count the corners. One, two, THREE. And have YOU got three as well? Yes! We started off with FOUR corners of God’s Love, and now we’ve got… how many? TWELVE! How did that happen? It must be that the more of God’s Love you give away, the bigger it gets…”

PS: – keep on going and you get a circle – God’s love encircling us!

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Posted February 5, 2012 by dgbmcc in Brilliant Talk!, General

15 responses to “4 Corners of God’s Love

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  1. Brilliant… so simple yet very effective…. thank you for the idea – i was racking my brains to think of something to talk to the kids about tomorrow!!!! Love this site 🙂

  2. Perfect! Thank you for a wonderfully inspired word.

  3. Thank you so much!
    I used this with my under 5s group and it worked really well! I was worried that it would be too much for them, but they loved it and it had them hooked for ages!
    Brilliant work, thank you!

  4. Do you have a particular bible verse that you use with this lesson?

  5. I used this with a mixed ages (2-10 yrs) group and it was a hit. After the worship service, one of the children was really upset when he thought he had lost his triangle of God’s love. That means it made an impression. Thanks so much.

  6. Wonderful – I shall use this simple, yet effective way of demonstrating God’s never-ending love. Thank you.

  7. Wonderfully simple illustration. So pleased I found your website!

    Graham

    Reverend Graham Opperman
  8. I used this for a children’s talk at our church and I ended with these words to the adults, “and remember when you are giving Gods’ love, don’t cut corners”. It went over well.

  9. Brilliant and powerful!! Thanks so much for sharing this…..

  10. Really good illustration! Here is a Bible verse for it: Luke 6:38 -‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.’ Or in otherwords, the more you are generous to others, the more God will be generous to you.

  11. Thanks for the lesson and all the replies as well. They answered my question as if small kids would understand this!

  12. Thankyou so much for this simple and impactful post! I used it this morning for an all age slot at church and there was lots of positive feedback from ALL AGES!

  13. Superb. Used it several times and never had a flop yet. Thanks and God Bless.

  14. how do you form a circle of Gods love at the end ?

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