I Corinthians 13: Love Illustrated

I-Corinthians-13-love-illustratedMy children drew pictures of I Corinthians 13 to illustrate what love meant. They tried to think of ways that people could show love or a lack of love to each other, and they drew pictures of those examples. You could also write skits to perform for a group, showing how to love other people selflessly, using the list of descriptive words from I Corinthians 13: 4-8b: (NIV)

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

love-is-patientMy oldest son drew a picture of a taxi driver who had lost his keys. The man who is obviously needing to get to the airport (lots of luggage) is being patient as the taxi driver tries to remember where he put his keys.

In real life, we need to show patience with each other all the time. Love suffers long. It waits. It puts the other person first and is not impatient.


My second son drew a picture of someone envying someone else. It looks like the person on the right is on a computer or tablet, and the person dressed in green wants it. Love does not envy. Love wants the other person to have good things, and rejoices when the other person rejoices.


A lot is going on in my daughter’s drawing. On the top left of the page, a younger brother breaks a teddy bear by accident, and the sister, even though she is sad, does not retaliate or get angry. She forgives her brother.

On the upper right corner, someone is giving a gift to another person, being kind to them.

On the lower right you see a person in blue encouraging the person in gray that their hair will grow back. He is not rude and doesn’t make fun of the poor guy who obviously had a bad hair cut.

On the lower left, you have someone trying to have patience and not keeping a record of wrongs when a vase was broken.

love-keeps-no-record-of-wrongsMy third son has someone punching someone else in the face, and the person in blue is keeping a record of wrongs. Of course, these actions do not show love. Instead, the boy in yellow should have returned an insult with a blessing instead of a punch, and the boy in blue should have forgiven instead of harboring a grudge.

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6 Responses to “I Corinthians 13: Love Illustrated”

  1. I love these drawings and what wonderful examples that they’ve illustrated here. This is a delightful way to bring these concepts to life.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Susan says:

      My kids were giggling when my son drew someone punching someone else, and then putting a cross-out sign on top of it. For some reason they thought that was funny…

  2. Those are great! The headless teddy bear is sad.

  3. Kalista says:

    So cute! I love seeing how kids interpret these things.

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