God the Father.
We all have dads. That single statement can draw out many different emotions. Some of us have very close relationships with our fathers that provided love and closeness. Unfortunately, there are some of us that have negative memories sparked when we hear that statement. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. While I have great memories of my relationship with my father, I also have some very deep wounds that have helped to shape the person that I have become.
What has brought me comfort and the ability to heal these wounds has been the revelation that I have another father; my Heavenly Father. He is kind, righteous, just and above all, loving. God the Father loves us in a perfect love that we will never fully be able to understand but that the Bible describes as, “faithful and everlasting” (Jeremiah 31:3). As you study the Bible you will discover how God’s fatherly love is displayed to the nation of Israel throughout the Old Testament and how that love is extended to all nations through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
If God is our father, then that means we are his children. While this seems like a redundant statement, sometimes it is important for us to realize the relationship from our own perspective. God isn’t a distant spirit that is uninterested in human things. He is interested in the daily lives of His children. As children of God we are given a direct line of communication where we can, “cry out Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15) when we are experiencing joy or grief. God is there as our Heavenly Father and He desires a relationship with His children.
The Bible tells us of many ways that God shows His fatherly love to us but there is one clear demonstration of this love that supersedes all others; the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His only begotten son. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God was willing to sacrifice His one true son to pay the price that all of His adopted sons and daughters could not pay themselves. This is love. This is the Fatherly relationship that awaits anyone who receives God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.