How do you know that someone loves you?
Have you ever seen a beautiful garden? The Bible tells us that God made the first two people, Adam and Eve, and he put them into a beautiful garden. It was gorgeous! God gave Adam and Eve this beautiful home to live in because he loved them very much. He wanted to live with them there, and be their only special God and he wanted them to be his special creation. God wanted Adam and Eve to love him the most.
But you can never force someone to love you can you? Loving someone must be something you WANT to do. It has to be your choice. That’s why in the garden God gave Adam and Eve a choice; a choice between two trees to eat from – one good tree, and one bad tree. Listen to these verses and see if you can name the two trees:
Genesis 2:9. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The Tree of Life was a good tree. But the Tree of Knowledge was a bad tree. God told Adam and Eve that they should never eat from the Tree of Knowledge, and if they did they would die. Which tree would you choose? Which tree do you think Adam and Eve will choose?
Our choices are very important because they show what we love. If we love our family, we will choose to be kind to them. If we are angry at our friends, we might choose to be mean to them. God gives us all kinds of choices so that we can learn to love and trust him. For Adam and Eve trusting God would have meant eating from the Tree of Life. For you and me trusting God means trusting that Jesus came to die for our sins and to give us his goodness when we believe in him.
Because of Jesus we can choose to trust God and his love for us.
With Jesus we can choose each day to be good and kind.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Sing a song together about trusting Jesus (For example: ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus).
Jesus, thank you for choosing to love me and die for my sins. I love you. Amen.