A Father's Love

Everyone loves a redemption story.

The ex-drug user whose life radically changed after Christ saved her.
The victim who found healing in Jesus’ words.
The daughter of an earthy father who was not a good example of our Heavenly Father.

But what if you grew up the ‘good girl’?
What if your conversion story isn’t ‘glamorous’?
What if God gave you a great family that encouraged your spiritual walk?

Sometimes God uses good examples to point us to Him.

Growing up, my mother took us to church, but my dad never attended on a consistent basis.  Although he was mostly a Christmas and Easter attender, he understood the value of bringing up children around the church.  He would take us to special church events, read Bible stories with us, and reminded us of our faith while growing up. He made sure to lead us down the right moral path and encouraged our own faith.

My earthly father loves me unconditionally.

I am thankful that I grew up with a dad who cared about my well-being. He spent quality time with my sister and me, disciplined us when necessary, attended every piano recital, dance recital, dance competition, school play, band concert, marching band competition, awards ceremonies, and graduations. He encouraged us to reach for the stars and go after our dreams. If we fell, he would always be there to pick up the pieces. He provided guidance and wisdom, yet allowed us to make our own decisions. My dad has always been there to support me, love me, and offer me guidance.

Jesus uses the example of earthly fathers, who are all sinful, to show how God’s love is even greater toward His children:

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:11

I cherish the relationship I have with my earthly dad. His love helped pave the way for my relationship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father. Despite my dad’s unbelief, God taught me about Himself through the example of my dad’s love.

I am amazed that God’s love for us is even greater than any love we could receive from someone on earth.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”
John 3:16-17

God sent his only Son to die on the cross for our sins. This is the ultimate act of love. His love is amazing.

God has shown me His amazing love through my dad's love for me.  Because of his earthly example of unconditional love, I am able to know what love is and share it with others.

Perhaps a happy relationship with an earthy father doesn’t resonate with you.  Maybe there’s someone else in your life who has shown you unconditional love, whether it be a friend, grandparent, mother, or teacher.

Who in your life has shown you the love of God?
How do you share the love of God with others?

See you in the round!



*Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.