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Two Great Love Stories

Two Great Love Stories

Jesus told us the two greatest commandments center around love. The first is to love God completely. The second is to love other people as we love ourselves. We see these commandments being lived out in two love stories.

The book of Ruth shares a great love story about a poor woman named Ruth. She loved her mother-in-law, Naomi, and both were widowed. Their husbands had died. Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and to follow Naomi’s God. Ruth chose to work hard and serve Naomi, sweating and bending over all day in fields to pick up the little bit of wheat left over after the men harvested the wheat (called gleaning).

The owner of the field she gleaned in noticed her. His name was Boaz and he showed his love for God in following God’s laws and caring for his workers. He cared for Ruth, married her, and they had a son named Obed.

We see that Ruth loved the people around her and she showed she loved God in following his laws.

The second story is about Jesus. The ancestors of Jesus include Ruth and Boaz. Obed became the father of Jesse who became the father of King David. The line continued to Mary who became the mother of Jesus (Luke 3 provides the line).

Jesus loves us so much that he died for us. He suffered a horrible death. Then, He rose for us so that anyone who believes in Him will live forever with Him. He showed His love and compassion as He healed people, listened to their problems, taught them about God the Father, and sent the Helper, the Holy Spirit to be with His followers.

Jesus asked us to love one another. Chat about ways we can love others. We can use words and actions to love people. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-4 and discuss the ideas about loving others in those verses.

Love Word Search

Find words in bold below that are about love. Write the unused letters in the search on the lines as a reminder of what will remain.

What love is/does:                   What Love is not:

Kind                                        Rude

Patient                                   Jealous

Bears

Hopes  all

(seeks) truth

(does not) fail

F J A I T K H
B E A R S I H
P A T I E N T
L L L R U D E
I O O L U P E
A U L O V T E
F S S E P O H

 

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Answer key: Faith, hope, love

By: Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) an author, speaker, and former television host.

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