In the USA we celebrate Father’s Day the third Sunday of the month. As with Mother’s Day, it can have good and bad connotations. The picture we have of our earthly father normally gives us the picture we have of our heavenly Father. It is important for us to observe what God our Father looks like through the eyes of his word. He is loving, kind and only wants the best for us.
Reading and thinking about what the bible says about him is essential concerning our relationship with him and growth as a Christian. Most Christians know John 3:16. It starts out with “For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son…” It seems we believe it when we get saved, but then try to earn God’s love from that point on. Paul asks the Galatians if they have begun in the spirit and then try to perfect their faith in the flesh. The answer is “No”. We can’t earn God’s love.
God loves us because when we made Jesus the Lord of our lives we became his children. God loves in a way that is unimaginable to the human mind. Ephesians 3 talks about our roots growing deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. The more we think about God’s love for us and act on it, the deeper our roots grow. We are able to stand firm in the midst of adversity because of it. Romans 8:37 says we are more than conquerors, more than victorious because of God’s love for us. This doesn’t mean we always win or that everything goes right for us. It means that we have the attitude of Christ. We walk by faith motivated by God’s love for us in Christ. Winning is about our responses, not about if we appear to manifest something we prayed for with our faith.
Every verse in Psalm 136 states that God’s “mercy endures forever” (NKJV). Other translations say, “his love never fails” (CEV), “his love never quits” (Message), “his faithful love endures forever” (NLT), “his mercy and lovingkindness endure forever” (Amplified). Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
God is our Father. He loves us. Nothing we do can stop him from loving us. It’s something I believe we all should meditate on regularly. As we study or observe anything or anyone constantly, we begin to look and act like them. Meditating on God’s love will cause us to grow, look and act more like our Father.
The Father himself, tenderly loves and cares for me.
For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you
because you have loved Me and have believed
that I came out from the Father.