As we anticipate celebration of Father’s day this Sunday, I give thanks to my Heavenly Father who is the definition of love. He loved us so much that He was willing to send His Son to Earth to take on the sins of the world. Otherwise, there would be no forgiveness and hope for eternal life.
“Give thanks to the God of Heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26
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His love is incomprehensible. The Father’s example of unconditional love is a model for all to follow. While some of our earthly fathers were beautiful examples of godly character, other fathers fell very short. Depending on what type of father we had growing up, we tend to view our Heavenly Father in the same light as our earthly father.
We look to our earthly fathers for strength, love nurture and kindness. If our earthly father was tender, kind and a great listener, we will view our Heavenly Father the same way. Unfortunately, the same is true if our earthly father is angry, demanding and inattentive. We will have a distorted view of what our Heavenly Father is truly like.
In a perfect world, Christian fathers would model Jesus consistently for us.
That just isn’t always the case because we live in a broken world with sin.
We must always look to the Heavenly Father to be the Ultimate Model of love. The good news is that God can heal any brokenness we may have experienced with our earthly Fathers.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. And That is what we are!” 1 John 3:1
Many of us have been blessed with wonderful experiences with our Earthly fathers. Even with all the good experiences, we can know we will have even greater experiences to look forward to with our Heavenly Father.
My dad is now eighty-two and full of life. He adopted me fifty-two years ago and to the best of his ability loved me with the Father’s love. I know he will be part of the orchestra that welcomes another one of God’s children into Heaven. He loved playing the trumpet in jazz concerts, ASO and at church. Dad provided a sweet home, loving arms, gentle words and caring ways. I am very grateful to have a dad that displays so many godly traits, knowing that I have a Father in Heaven that is even grander!!
My dad tooting his horn!
We have the opportunity to encourage our own fathers to stay strong with Jesus as well our sons and sons in law. They hold or will potentially hold a very important role in the home. Pray for the men in your life to be the leaders that God has called them to be. Our sons and husbands have been given the chance to point their family to a loving Father by displaying godly traits in their daily lives. If your father is no longer living and you don’t have a son or son in law; find a young dad to encourage by praying for him and speak words of life to him. Your words and prayers could be the encouragement to break a cycle or exhort him in his calling.
Celebrate the men in your life!
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