Marriage Devotional Day 36 - A Father Represents God’s Relationship with Mankind
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:6-7
There is a recording artist by the name of Jared Anderson (jaredanderson.com). He adopted two children from Haiti a few years back. Before he was able to bring his children to America, they were bought and paid for. He was legally their dad, but they could not come to their new home in America until all the legalities were finalized. He often talks about that time period as if they knew he was their dad but had no idea how amazing the blessing of being part of a new family was.
When he finally brought them home to America, they had to, and still have to, learn how to live in a family with a dad who loves them no matter what. They had to, and have to still, learn how to trust. They will never again go to bed hungry. They will experience unconditional love and the blessing of having a father that loves them no matter what.
In the same way, we have been bought with the blood of Christ. We have been adopted as children of God. The problem is that we are learning every day more and more what it means to live in the identity of being His children.
When fathers show love, compassion, and patience to their children, they are modeling who God is to His children and the rest of the world. Just like a child needs to know and be reminded of the love of their fathers, we need to be reminded of who we are as children of God.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16 NIV)
For her: A father’s love is a rock for the family to stand on. The love of a mother represents empathy in a way that is completely unique. What can you do today to remind your children of that fact that you are always there for them? Maybe write a card, bake them something, or just hug them and pray with them.
For him: Fathers – Have you told your children that you love them yet today? When was the last time that you took them for a one on one dinner? Plan a date with your kids today.
Single men: When was the last time you spent one on one time with your father? Call your father and schedule a time today.
For us: Create or reaffirm together the ways in which you will continue traditions and interaction with your kids that will last for years. What statement can you make today that will affirm to your children that your family is a safe place? (Example – “Nothing with separate this family!” or “This home will always be your home!”)
Used by permission. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.