Thursday, January 17, 2008

Be a Good Dad, For God's Sake

One of the conceptions of God as Father will grow out of an individual's relationship with their own father. If a person sees their father as cruel or mean, they will quite often view God as cruel and mean.

If they view their father is impossible to please, they will often view God impossible to please.

If they view their father as lazy, disinterested, or disconnected with their lives, they will tend to view God disinterested in their lives and preoccupied with their own.

So dads, for God's sake, and for the sake of your children, be a good dad. Follow the pattern of our father who is in heaven whose unconditional love of his children does not tolerate their sin, whether of immaturity or intentionality, but neither does he respond to them in uncontrolled anger or cold isolation. 

O Fathers, Let us delight in unchanging love toward our children, following in the pattern of our heavenly Father who does not overlook our iniquity, but neither is he angry forever. He corrects with lovingkindess and attentiveness with the purpose of developing us into mature, productive citizens of his kingdom to come, while we live on this earth in eager anticipation of the age hereafter.

Who is a God like You,
who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love
(Micah 7:18)

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