February 12, 2015

A Heavenly Father's Love

When I think of how God loves me, I think of a love so tender that words cannot describe.

Many of us think of God as a stern and strict disciplinarian, instead of a caring and gentle heavenly Father, and many of us view Him in the light of how our earthly father treated us.

If you had a good, loving father, then it is easier to see the loving side of God. Although, He doesn’t just have a loving side, He is Love. But, if you had a stern father, an angry father, or an abusive father, then it is easy to fall into thinking God is also a father to be feared. When the Bible talks of fearing God, it means awe and respect for who He is. Not the kind of fear we have of an earthly father who is prone to anger and violence. 

I grew up with the kind of earthly father who was prone to anger and violence. And yet, my view of God is a tender and gentle loving Father. I also know He is Holy, Almighty, All Sovereign, All Powerful. I know this is who He is. But how this high and Holy God comes to me - is with His love.

He comes to me with love and He comes to me with healing in His hands, and frees me of a past I don’t understand.  But I do know with all certainty that my life was planned, and I know He works things together, and He makes things beautiful in His time. I have definitely seen that in my life, over and over again.

In those past things I don’t understand, I can still see my Father holding the plan and holding me close in the palm of His hand. I always knew He loved me and that I was never alone. In my heart, I always heard a voice tenderly calling my name. And the voice…was my FATHER’S voice.

1 John 1:3
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.