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How Great Is The Father’s Love for Us!

Dr. Greg Herrick September 19, 2019
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Look! I have inscribed your name on the palms of my hands!
– Isaiah 49.16

The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you. – Zephaniah 3.17

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be
called children of God! – 1 John 3:1


Introduction

In this lesson, we will examine several passages from Scripture – including Jesus’ own teaching – concerning God’s love for us and therefore our worth in His eyes. Jesus’ love for us means that our life matters, even if, the realities of our lives scream the opposite. Before you begin, turn your heart to heaven and ask God to make space in your heart for Him and His love.

Opening Prayer

“Heavenly Father, there are times when I feel like my life doesn’t really matter. I am so burdened right now. Please take my burdens and open my heart to welcome Christ and His love for me. Thank you, Lord. Amen.”

Bible Basics

God Created You

  • Read Psalm 139:13-18. Regardless of your present circumstances, interests, questions or problems, what does God say is true about you? List three things:

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2.

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  • How does the writer feel about God? See verse 17.

God Cares for You

Read Acts 14:8-18 and think about the things God does for us. If you have seen God do these kinds of things in your life, briefly describe one or two of them below.

God Knows You Intimately

Sometimes we think that God is far away from us or that He has simply turned a “deaf ear” and doesn’t care about us or our plight. But, is this true? Read Matthew 6:7-8 and Luke 12:6-7. What do these passages teach you about the extent of God’s detailed knowledge of and care for you (see also Psalm 139:1-11)

Your Life Does Matter

The point of this lesson has been to discover from scripture (the Bible) how much God really loves you, even if you don’t always feel that way. And, if God loves you, is concerned about you, and is reaching out to you, it is unthinkable that your life doesn’t matter! It does. Period.

But, there is more to the story of God’s love for you. We will explore that in the next lesson. For now, give some thought to Jesus’ invitation to you:

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.” (NET Bible)

What mental-emotional narrative(s)
most impacts you?

  • I’m not valuable
  • Nobody likes me
  • I got it made!
  • Everyone can just leave me alone
  • Nobody really cares about me
  • I’m invisible
  • I can do this!
  • I’m alone
  • I’m lonely
  • Life is a blast!
  • I don’t need anyone
  • __________________________
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

Summary

The entire Bible is filled with the truth that God loves us and desires a personal relationship with us. Jesus spent a great deal of time helping people open their hearts to welcome God’s love through Him (i.e., Jesus). In the next lesson, we will look at how Jesus demonstrates God’s own love for us in the most profound and life changing way.  

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