Pondering Father’s Day
I ponder the meaning of what it means to be a father, who do we learn this from, from our father; maybe a step-father; a grandfather; an uncle; an older brother perhaps; maybe a mentor; a teacher; a pastor, all of these are possibilities but there is only one true example that all of these learned from, that would be Our Father who art in Heaven, yes from God the Father.
But how can I learn to be a father from God whom I cannot see. We first look I believe to his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us a starting point in that – For God so loved the world, that he gave us his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16.
Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he gave His only son that we might have life, a possibility for this age and for the age to come; eternal life.
So love involves sacrifice, but what does that have to do with being a father, you might ask. You see love in and of itself has only one true characteristic, and that is to give of itself, for if it doesn’t give, it is not love, you will always know love by its willingness to sacrifice.
But what is the connection of this love to being a father, and how does God as Father fit in to it all. Scripture tells us in 1John 4:8 that God is love, it is his very nature, God knows no other way, than love and that to me is at the core why God as Father is so vital to all of us today, as a Father he knows no other way than to love. There is not a better example to be found anywhere as to what a Father should be, I certainly hope as a father that I express this love to my children, I know that I have tried to love them like God loves and I know at times that I have failed, but I am thankful that my heavenly Father is always there when I do fail to pick me up and also them, because His Love is the one thing that never fails.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doings, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
You see God as Father shows us all how to love, as a father I learn how to love from him, the main thing is that I love always, always, I know no other way.
Thank you Father for showing us all how to love. Even if for some reason your earthly father may have let you down, know that your heavenly Father never will.
And for my children Rachel, Jessica and Justin just know that I love you always, always. – Dad