The Father’s Love

1796522_10153839360110043_622034866_nBeing a dad has been the thing in my life that has truly changed and sharpened my view of God. As a father, that really does love my children; I get, in just some small way, what God’s love is like.

I’m telling you; nothing makes me happier than seeing my children happy. And nothing, nothing, nothing makes me more upset than seeing my children upset.

And I’m not special in that. Every parent feels that way. Every dad, every mom, we all understand that. We all want what is good for our kids. We all want to do what is right for our kids.

We all love seeing our kids smile, don’t we? I mean really, every parent loves seeing their child happy and loves being the cause of that happiness.

Listen to what Jesus tells us today in Luke 11: 9 – 13:

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Jesus says, all of you that are parents, when you child asks for a fish, will you them a snake? Of course not. No parent would do that. That’s not what parents do.

So, if you (and me) who are imperfect, if we know how to (and want to) give good things to our children, how much more will our perfect heavenly Father long to give good things to us.

I really love my kids. And I am imperfect.

How much more does our perfect heavenly Father love us. Think about that for a second. Your love for child (as great as it is) is only a smidgen of the love that God has for you.

That blows my mind. I can’t understand it. But it’s true.

As much as we, as imperfect parents, love our kids, our perfect heavenly Father love us more.

You are loved today. You are. No matter what.

Today, live in that love.

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