Resource Sheet 9 - God Our Loving Father:

a) The Loving Father and the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. (1 Pet 3:18)

Total forgiveness - acceptance - no condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
No punishment - no demands for repayment. (John 3:16)
Joy and pleasure at his return - given sandals, ring and a robe of honour. (Luke 15:7)

b) Our Response to our Heavenly Father. (Romans 8:28-39, Hebrews 10:19-22)

  • Choose to trust Him, to believe that He loves you unconditionally.

  • Thank Him for identifying with you, taking your sin and guilt.

  • Receive the sandals of an heir, the ring of authority, the robe of honour.

  • Praise Him for His unconditional love and acceptance.

  • Worship your perfect heavenly Father and with confidence proclaim:

    I know You will never ... (eg. leave) ..................................................................... me.

    I understand that You will sometimes ... (eg. discipline) ..................................... me.

    I know and am sure that You will always ... (eg. love) ........................................ me

  • Choose to come home to your heavenly Father. With Jesus your Saviour and Lord beside you, walk confidently up to Him, see Him joyously running to meet you.

  • Listen to Jesus speaking: "Father here is My brother/My sister "X", I've brought him/her home."

  • Hear your loving heavenly Father reply:

    "Welcome child, I have been calling you and waiting for you. "I have always wanted you. I have moved mountains to have you for My own. I am jealous when you choose anyone or anything before Me. I want you to love Me more than any other person, more than your dreams, your ambitions, more than people's approval, even more than you love yourself. Know that I have always loved you - child do you love Me?"

If you had some difficulty in moving into that close relationship with your heavenly Father, there may be some unresolved problem with your earthly father (parent) that remains. Continue drawing near to your heavenly Father, trusting in His enduring and unconditional love, until you have that inner assurance of His welcome.