The Depths of Our Father’s Love
As Father’s Day draws near, we all think of our earthly fathers.
Some grew up in loving homes with fathers that exemplified love and trust. Others may have had absentee fathers, ones who were abusive, or ones who had no idea how to show love.
No matter what kind of man your earthly father is or was, you have a heavenly Father who loves you more than words can express—unconditionally and extravagantly!
That means that no matter what you’ve done or haven’t done, your Abba Father loves and accepts you as His child just the way you are right now.
How can we know that? There is no better way to see His love than through His Word. There are many scriptures that not only tell us of His love, but they show us His love. One of the best examples is the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15.
“But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” —Luke 15:20b-24
It didn’t matter to the father what his son had done. He was overjoyed that he had come home!
Here are just a few other scriptures that show us God’s love for us:
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” —1 John 3:1
“For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” —Matthew 6:8
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself…by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” —Ephesians 1:3-6
“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.” —2 Corinthians 6:18
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” —Matthew 7:11
All this tells us that we have a Father who loves and accepts us as His children—no matter what, knows what we need before we ask, and gives us good things. Oh, what a Father!
Happy Father’s Day!