The following is an outline from the message that I shared at the juvenile center this past Tuesday evening. Although we may have a wonderful relationship with Jesus, many of us struggle with our relationship with our heavenly Father. I pray this blesses you. You will be even more blessed if you take time to look up and read the Bible verses.
Why Love God the Father?
There are 3 parts to God. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. Think of it like an egg. There is the shell, the yoke, and the white. 3 parts but only one egg. Matthew 3:16-17
Love God the Father because He doesn’t play favorites. Acts 10:35
Love God because He wants to adopt you into His family. Ephesians 1:4-5, John 1:12
Once you are adopted, God the Father becomes your dad. Romans 8:14-16 “Abba” is the most intimate way to address your father. It means a tender, loving, daddy. A daddy who is there for you, who cares about you. Who hurts when you are hurting. Who is happy with you when you are happy.
Love God the Father because you can trust Him. Proverbs 3:5 Most of us think of our heavenly Father as if He were like our earthly father. He is different. He is perfect.
Love God the Father because He sent Jesus to die in your place. John 3:16
Love your Father in heaven because He loves you. Ephesians 3:18-19 1 John 4:19
Love God because He proved His love for you. When He sent Jesus to die in your place, He proved His love for you. Romans 5:8
Love God the Father because He is watching and waiting for you to come home. The Story of the Lost Son is a story of the choices we can make. You may have gone off on your own and did your own thing against God’s wishes. But, when you come to your senses and come to your heavenly Father, He runs to you, He gives you the best, and He throws a big party because you are were lost, but now you are found. You have come home. Luke 15:11-32 (party in verses 23-25) Interestingly . . . We party and run away from Him and He parties when we run to Him.
Love your Father because He forgives all your sins. Psalm 103:3 Love your Father because He removes your sins. Psalm 103:12
Love your Father because He forgets you ever sinned. Isaiah 43:25
Love your Father because He will never count your sins against you. Romans 4:8
Love your Daddy in heaven because He formed you. Isaiah 49:5
Love your Father because He pours out His grace on you. Ephesians 2:8 (Grace is good things God gives you even though you don’t deserve them.)
Love your Father in heaven because He has plans for your life. Jeremiah 29:11
Love God your Father because He has set you free. Ephesians 1:7
Love your heavenly Father because He is holy. John 17:11 Every part of Him is holy (perfect). His love for you is perfect.
Love God your Father because He put on Jesus all of our sins. Isaiah 53:6
Love your Father because He hears your prayers. Proverbs 15:29
Love your Father because He believes in you. Isaiah 53 (What Jesus did for you.)
Prayer: Father in heaven, I know that I am a sinner. But, because You love me, You sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. Please forgive of all of my sins. I accept You, Jesus, into my heart. Help me to follow you all the rest of the days of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Julie Paul, President
Forgotten Youth Ministries