I had a really great father, but no person is perfect.
So with older siblings I felt like I had to constantly compete for our dad's attention. I had to be the funniest, wittiest, most talented or the most disobedient to gain the spotlight. (Now I know, insecurities are from a spirit of fear.)
Because of this misconception that my mind had formed of a father figure, for a period of time I basically approached God with apprehension, based on my own performance.
But now I know through His word that God does not love us for who we are, but in spite of who we are.
It has occurred to me that when I talk about God as a loving Father in the column there are some people who did not have a good father or even a father figure in their life at all. So it can be hard to relate to even a human dad who loved and supported you.
Much less a Heavenly Father who is always faithful and keeps ALL of His promises.
A Father who is never angry with you.
A Dad who is always willing to answer your prayers.
Who is patient with you and kind towards you.
He always has time for you.
A Father who is never too busy with more important things; in fact, His thoughts are always on you, and He will never leave you or abandon you.
How about a Dad who is rich in mercy and grace?
Who has supplied all of your needs according to His loving kindness?
A dad who didn't just hang the moon, He created it. And the sun and the stars, the heavens and the earth. Yet chooses to spend time with you!
And how about a Father who will never remind you of your faults and failures?
His very nature is love.
Because if we can trust Him with our eternal salvation through Christ Jesus then everything else for Him should be a piece of cake.
Now I can come "boldly to the throne of grace" and greet Him with love and respect and arms wide open because of what Jesus did for me.
And because I love Him, I will not use grace as a license to sin; His love frees me from it.
But still ... no matter how badly I mess up, or fail in some area, or how stupid I feel over something I have said or done, God is not shocked or fallen off of His throne!
God does not love us for who we are, but in spite of who we are.
The truth is ....
For God so loved "Obama."
For God so loved "Trump."
For God so loved "Mother Teresa."
For God so loved "Hillary."
For God so loved "Princess Diana."
For God so loved "Hitler."
For God so loved "your next door neighbor who trashes up his yard."
For God so loved "your boss."
For God so loved "your son-in-law."
For God so loved "your mother in-law."
For God so loved "the drunk driver who killed your wife and child."
For God so loved "the Pope."
For God so loved "your co-worker."
For God so loved "your ex-wife."
For God so loved "your ex-husband."
WHOSOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (But sadly, not all people will choose to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.)
You know, as it turned out, with my dad (and with my Heavenly Father) all I had to do to gain their attention ... was be me.
And all I had to do to be reconciled to God and become His child was to humble myself, admit that I needed His salvation and call on Jesus with all my heart.
And a miraculous re-birth occurred in my spirit.
This was only the beginning of a beautiful relationship between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All three separate and all three One ... now living on the inside of me.
(John 3:16; Hosea 11:12; 1 Cor. 1:9; Eph. 1:7, 2:4, 4:3; Psalms 73:23-24,103,139:17; 2 Cor. 1:20; Gal. 5:22; Heb. 13:5; Phil. 4:19; 1 John 4:8)
Readers: I would like to share two messages that really taught/ touched my heart. They are teachings by Robert Morris called "The Person of Prayer" and "Are You Born Again." You can Google "Robert Morris Sermons" (Gateway Church) and scroll down to find them.
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