The Father Heart of God
Father’s Day is a time when we remember those men who have protected us and provided for us, who have raised us and taught us, who have disciplined us and motivated us in ways only a father can. God has graciously blessed us with this special kind of love from our fathers and it is a metaphor for His Father heart toward us.
God is the Prodigal Father who waits for both of his orphan-hearted sons, whether they be rebellious or religious, to live in His embrace where they can intimately know this Love (Luke 15:11-32). He waits to see if you will turn toward Him. And when you make even the slightest overture, He runs toward you and throws His arms around you, to kiss you, to honor you, to restore your dignity and purpose and destiny as a royal heir of the greatest Kingdom of all. Because He gave everything for you. Mel Wild, In My Father’s House
Thank you, Dad, for providing for me and for protecting me. Thank you for being loyal and faithful to us. Thank you for caring about who I was friends with, where I went and what I was up to. Thank you for helping me get a good education. Thank you for inspiring me to work hard at everything. Thank you for loving and enjoying my kids and being a good Seido to them. I love you!
Thank you, PopPop, for the great job you did in raising my awesome husband. Thank you for modeling for him loyalty, kindness, faithfulness, generosity and respect for others. Thank you for welcoming me into the family and making me feel loved and included. Thank you for being a wonderful grandfather to Bethany, Joshua, and Jonathan. Happy Father’s Day. I love you!
Thank you, Rick, for being such an incredible father to our babies. I know that they feel loved unconditionally by you and cared for deeply by you. I know they completely trust your heart and intentions for them and this has made knowing and loving Father God much easier for them. Thank you for striving to find the right balance between discipline and affirmation. I know they think of you not just as a great dad but also a good friend that they can talk to about almost anything. You have been such a great role model to them of what Christ is like. You are so much fun and have such a great sense of humor. We love you so much!
You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as His own children because God sent the Spirit of His Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. Galatians 4:6-7 The Message
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:7-11
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known. John 1:18 NIV
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:1-3