Every child needs to know that God loves them. He loves them so much that when they stray, He lovingly waits for them to return so He can welcome them back.
Dr. Luke wrote about a wayward son,
“So he (the wayward son) returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
Every child of God sins and turns their back on God at times. If we picture God has a great traffic cop just waiting for us make a mistake so He can judge us, then we will run and hide from Him. But in the story of the wayward son returning to his father, we see a different picture of God. Our heavenly Father is always waiting for us to return so He can shower us with His love and forgiveness.
Ask your child if they picture God more as a policeman who wants to catch them doing something wrong so He can punish them or a loving father who wants to forgive and restore them to a loving relationship? Read Luke 15:11-24. Ask them the kind of father this story illustrates.
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