To comprehend the vastness and depth of God’s love for us, Paul even prays in Ephesians 3:18-19 that we would be able to see God’s full love. It’s so impossible to understand, we have to pray to ask God to help us! Most of the love we see on earth is conditional with strings attached. God’s love always perseveres and never fails- no matter what! We get to just receive that unfailing love, even when we mess up, but we also get to watch God love others who have messed up. Both sides are hard to comprehend, and Jesus addresses this several times in Luke 15.
MEMORY VERSE: “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!” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)
This Week’s Finish Line: God loves you because He made you!
In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables that emphasize how much God loves and pursues us. The repetition is worth noticing, because it means this is a really big deal! We studied the story of the prodigal son, in Luke 15:11-32. The story is probably familiar, but it is a rich passage full of practical applications for all of us. One younger son rebels in a way that was truly devastating culturally toward his parents, and the older son stays and works hard. When the first son returns, broken and empty-handed, the scene would have been shocking. Jesus paints the picture of a God and father who loves recklessly and no matter what. The older brother was furious at his father’s reaction. Jesus wants us to notice both brothers, and especially notice how God responds to each with the same patient, unfailing love.
- Look at Luke 15:11-32 together. Who are the characters in this story?
- Why was the younger brother’s request so shocking?
- Which son do you relate to more? Why?
- Do you think there’s anything you’ve done that could make God stop loving you?
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TEACHER: God’s love is…
At dinner this week, look at the memory verses together (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a). Thinking back on the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, what definitions of love from the memory verses do you see the father in the story portraying?
FRIEND: Lost and Found
While driving in the car this week, talk about stories of when you found something that had been lost. Maybe it was lost keys, or a lost ticket, or a lost game of some kind. How did you feel when you were searching for it? How did you feel when you found it? Tie that in to Jesus’ parables in Luke 15. God celebrates when people who are lost have been found!
COUNSELOR: God’s love never fails
During bedtime this week, listen to the song One Thing Remains by Kristian Stanfill. What are some things this song says about God’s love? How have you seen this to be true in your life? How can you see it to be true in the story of the prodigal son?
COACH: Seek & celebrate!
Pick an object this week in your house to take turns hiding from the rest of the family. Let each family member pick a day to hide the object, and see who can find it first. Every time the object is found, celebrate with something fun together! Maybe have a 3-song dance party, or throw balloons in the air, or make some noisemakers to celebrate something lost being found!
Thank God for seeking you even when you were lost & unworthy. Thank Him for His unconditional love that you can never lose & are in desperate need of every day.
Next week we continue studying the character trait of LOVE, and we will talk about how we can love God and trust His word. We’ll be looking at a story of Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34.
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