Not All Fathers Are Perfect

We Royalty Satan

The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.”  Psalm 103:13 (NLT) 

Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” Ephesians 1:5 (NKJV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.”  Ephesians 5:1 (ESV)

Dear One,                                                           We have a biological father, and a spiritual Father.  Our heavenly Father knit us together and knew us even before we were born.  He placed us into our earthly families. God is intimately acquainted with our lives, hardships, and personalities.  He knows our faults and yet, He still longs for our fellowship.

God predestined us to adoption. He knows the sacrifices involved in the adoption process.  The cost of our salvation and the right to be called a child of God was through the death of His only Son, Jesus.  How great the love our Father has for us!

Those who have walked through the process of adoption know of its challenges and difficulties. Women have birth pains before delivering their biological children, so too do parents of adopted children.  The bonding that occurs in the struggle and pain to acquire the prize is a wondrous mystery.

We serve a Father who is the King of all things.  As adopted children of God, we belong to royalty and will one day live as such in His kingdom. The enemy wants us to forget this truth so he plants all kinds of deceit in our minds.  He knows that as long as he can keep us from thinking like royalty, he can interfere with our acting like royalty. God expects us to follow His lead in handing out mercy, grace, love, compassion, forgiveness, hope, and truth. Therefore, we must be Christ minded. 

Maybe your earthly Father was a poor role model of love.  Maybe he let you down and caused you much sorrow and pain.  Questions of “ Why God?” may fill your head. The answers may never be revealed until you reach your eternal home, but if you can trust in the character of God you can also trust that He had a good reason. 

Letting go of the past and forgiving wrongs are never easy, but they do lead to freedom.  In addition, forgiveness is a mighty lesson in unconditional love.  God loved us while we were yet sinners.  We are to be imitators of Christ so I ask you this question.  Can you love the one who has wounded you?  Can you cast their sins aside and allow your mercy to soften their heart?  You may just win a soul for the glory of God.  Isn’t this more important than holding on to the crimes they committed against you?

If you were blessed with a father who raised you with love and security, rejoice.  You were given a gift.  Be thankful and then pray for those who are suffering in abusive homes where the father is someone who is feared.  This could be a really tough day for them.

With a spiritual perspective, everyone can celebrate Father’s Day with a thankful heart. We all have a loving Father in heaven and can be thankful for His love.  Meditate on His goodness and allow Him to speak to your heart regarding your biological father.  Would He have you do something today that you never imaged possible?  We can do all things through Him who gives us strength.  Be imitators of His love and you will see amazing events occur.  He is a God of miracles.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”  1 John 3:1 (NKJV) 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”  John 1:12 (NKJV)

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