How You Can Know Your Heavenly Father Loves You
Because of ignorance of the Word and religion, so many people, even Christians, have a truly distorted view of God.
They see Him as harsh, judgmental, and hard to please—you know, the white-haired old man with the lightning bolt, just waiting for you to mess up!
Nothing could be farther from the truth. He loves you so much that His very reason for making you was so you could be a part of the love and abundant life He shares with Jesus and the Holy Spirit—to be part of His family.
“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Ephesians 1:5 (NKJV)
He intended our earthly fathers to be a reflection of that love. Unfortunately, just as we all do, some fathers fall short, and some may not be there at all. But He loves us so much that He said that He would take up the slack.
“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.” Psalm 68:5 (NKJV)
Children are so special to the Lord that He doesn’t want any harm to come to them.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6 (NKJV)
Our heavenly Father loves us so much that He gives us gifts and blessings and told us He would never change.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (NKJV)
And we cannot forget His greatest gift of all—Jesus. He loves us so much that He gave us His Son so we could share in His abundant life and love.
God not only loves us—He is love! (1 John 4:7)
And just in case we weren’t sure, He told us what that love looks like:
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
That’s a Selah moment!
As we celebrate and honor fathers this Sunday, let’s also:
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1 (NKJV)