Our Loving Father

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Our ability to approach God as a loving father is an important one for a healthy spirituality. When we think of God as a father, our dad's can colour our perspective. We need to work through those issues to better understand God, and to gain more health.

Our perspective of God may be that he is a judgmental or angry deity that is just waiting for us to fail so we can be punished. If that is our view then we may try to minimize the opportunities for failure. We may not attempt things or ask for things we need. We simply get on with what needs to be done and try not to get noticed.

Our perspective of God may be that he is a benevolent Santa Claus who gives us everything we want and just wants to make us happy. The issue becomes when we go through difficult moments we may spiral. We don't understand why God would let us go through it. We don't understand why we don't always get what we want.

If our view is of a distant and disengaged God, who is not interested in interacting, then we don't try to connect. Or we don't expect a response when we reach out.

But a loving father is a balance between guidance, generosity, freedom, boundaries, autonomy and connection. One list of attributes for Father God from iBelieve.com gives us this perspective:

  1. Loving - 1 John 3:1
  2. Kind - Ephesians 2:7-8
  3. Compassionate - Psalms 103:8
  4. Giving - John 3:16
  5. Faithful - Lamentations 3:22-23
  6. Merciful - Ephesians 2:4-5
  7. Strong - Psalm 24:8
  8. Forgiving - 1 John 1:9
  9. Good - Psalms 136:1
  10. Righteous - Psalms 145:17
  11. Caring - Matthew 6:26
  12. Sovereign - Psalms 103:19
  13. Shepherd - Psalms 23:1-3
  14. Ever-Present - Psalms 46:1
  15. Refuge - Psalms 91:1-2
  16. Gracious - Psalms 116:5
  17. Healer - Exodus 15:26
  18. Powerful - Chronicles 29:11-12
  19. One Who Saves - Zephaniah 3:17
  20. Helper - Isaiah 41:10
  21. The One Who Makes All Things New - Revelation 21:5

 

Do any of these attributes make your cringe or feel uncomfortable? Those should be the ones that you begin to engage with to understand and accept.

There are plenty of resources out there to help gain perspective on God as our Father. I encourage you to embrace this aspect of God and find those resources. Pray through the sticking points that inevitably come from our broken world.

My prayer is that you would walk in the confidence that comes from knowing you are loved and accepted by God, who is a perfect Father.

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