God is our Father
It seems that our culture has tried to lessen the importance of the role of the father in families and our society. This could not be farther from the truth. We need father figures more than ever. A strong father is essential for children to learn from both their mother and father. Many of us have not experienced a good relationship with a father. We are given the best example ever of a father in our God. He is strong and protective. He is just and loving. He is kind and patient. He is a disciplinarian. He is encouraging and forgiving.
“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” I Corinthians 8:6
“See 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.”
I John 3:1
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James1:17
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36
“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
Jesus was always pointing to the Father. Everything He did He did to glorify the Father. It is our privilege as children of God to do the same. Everything praiseworthy should be credited to the Father, whom we serve. It is our responsibility to share the love of God with the people around us. We are to be beacons of Him. We are supposed to be showing the world who are God is through our lives. Are we good examples of the Father? Are we leading people to Him?
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8