Sunday, June 18, 2017

What a Father We Have!

Written by:Scotty Smith

     Behold 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 Jn. 3:1-3 NIV

     Heavenly Father, on this Father’s Day, we joyfully affirm that you are the Father we’ve always longed for and needed. At best, our earthly fathers offer a mere taste of what it means to be your beloved children; but nobody can love us, care for us, and delight in us the way you do. Our hearts overflow with thanksgiving, as we cry, "Abba, Father!"

Thank you for adopting us into your eternal family, forgiving us, and robing us in Jesus' righteousness. Thank you for freeing us from our slavery to sin and our orphan-like ways. Thank you for giving us the Spirit of Sonship, a secure place in your family, and an inheritance that can never spoil or fade. What blessed and beloved children we are!

Thank you for being the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort--always present, always encouraging. Thank you for promising to complete the work you began in us, and for only disciplining us in love--never shaming, chiding, or withdrawing from us.

And Father, thank you for grace to forgive our earthly fathers who didn’t love us as you intended. Continue to heal us, Lord, help us to love them to your glory. Lastly, Father, we thank you for the spiritual dads you’ve given us--the gospel-fathers who help us discover more and more of the multi-dimensional love of Christ. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.



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