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God is a Loving Father

One of the most powerful pictures of God that we see in the Bible is the one that portrays Him as a loving Father who wants nothing but the best for His children. As Christians, we believe that once we accept Christ as Savior that we are adopted into the family of God. John 1:12 says, “…as many as received Him (Him referring to Christ) He gave the right to become children of God.”

Seeing God as a loving Father, and understanding that a loving Father always wants the best for His children, is fundamental to our ability to know and understand how God wants to work in our lives. I believe it is also the key to trusting God during confusing circumstances. At the First Baptist Church in Oswego we have started a study called, “Experiencing God.” Our focus is getting to know God so that we can do His will. We meet each Sunday night at 6:30 PM, just in case you would like to join us.

I’m going to try and post something each week from our study, and this morning I wanted to begin by sharing this quick excerpt. I hope you find it encouraging today!

According to 1 John 4: 16, “God is love.” This does not say that God loves, though He does love perfectly and unconditionally. The Scripture says that God’s essential nature is love. God will never act contrary to His nature. You will never experience God expressing His will except in a demonstration of perfect love. God’s kind of love always seeks His best for each person.

If we reject His best, He will discipline us. However, the discipline will come from a heavenly Father who loves us and who will do whatever is necessary to bring us to a place in our lives where we can receive what He wants to give us (see Heb. 12: 5-11). God does bring discipline, judgment, and wrath on those who continue to live in sin and rebellion against Him. Even this discipline, though, is based on love. “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives” (Heb. 12: 6).

Because His nature is love, I’m confident that however He expresses Himself to me is always best. Many other verses describe His love toward us. For example: “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son” (John 3: 16), and “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us” (1 John 3: 16). Your confidence in the love nature of God is crucial. This has been a powerful influence in my life. I always view my circumstances against the backdrop of the cross, where God clearly demonstrated once and for all His deep love for me. I may not always understand my current situation or how things will eventually turn out, but I can trust in the love Christ proved to me when He laid down His life for me on the cross. In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God forever convinced me that He loves me. I choose to base my trust in God on what I know— His love for me— and I choose to trust in Him in the midst of the confusing circumstances I may be experiencing.

Seeing God as a loving father – willing to make sacrifices for His children

All the usual pieces were in place. I was surrounded by family and friends. Cards and letters came by mail. Everyone ate more cake and ice cream than they needed after singing happy birthday.

From the outside it appeared to be a birthday party, but as you can likely tell from the picture, my 20th birthday was nothing like it should have been. Tubes were supplying me with oxygen and food, while bars and screws held my shattered neck together. My friends opened cards for me, as my arms and legs were paralyzed.

It may have been a birthday party on the outside, but on the inside I was having one heck of a pity party. I wanted out of the mess I had made of my life. After the dust settled and most of the people had left, my father leaned over my bed and mumbled, “Happy Birthday.” With tears in his eyes he said, “I wish there was some way that I could take your place.”

Though I could not speak because of the tubes, tears began to fill my eyes. My pity party came to an abrupt end. I knew my father would do anything to fix my broken spinal cord, even if it meant giving up his own life. In that brief moment, through that one simple sentence, I caught a glimpse of my heavenly father’s love and saw the entire message of the Bible. God looked down upon us in our helpless, hopeless situation and willingly gave his life as a sacrificial offering for our sin. He became a man and took our place on the cross.

It should not come as a surprise to us that God’s love can often be seen through the love of an earthly father. Over and over throughout the Bible, God’s love for us is conveyed as the type of love a father has for his children.

In the world that we live in today it seems as if there is a lot of confusion surrounding the definition of a loving father. People’s values and standards vary greatly even within individual families. One thing we could surely all agree on though is this; a loving father is willing to make sacrifices for his children. If need be, a loving father will even give up his own life for his children.

God loves you so much that he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for you. Remind yourself of this simple truth the next time you find yourself in the midst of a pity party. It may just do for you what it did for me.
Romans 5:8 says, “God commends his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And John 3:16 says, ”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”