Frequently when thinking of the Father’s love we start and stop at the cross and the story of redemption but his love doesn’t stop there, his love is revealed in his concern and care for our down to earth, everyday lives – he is truly, the good, good Father, who knows how to care for his children ‘through all the changing scenes of life in trouble and in joy.’
- His love is everlasting (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 8:31-39) – he will never fall out of love with us. He doesn’t love us more one day than another. His love is perfect and complete and will never run dry.
- He is perfect in all of His ways, the perfect Father (Matt. 5:48) – whatever our experience of father, He redeems and fulfils it in every way.
- He is unchanging (James 1:17) – not moody and changing, for you one minute, not the next.
- He makes his home with us (John 14:23; 2 Cor. 6:16) – wonderful thought that God is at home with us, always present to us. We don’t have to wonder whether He’s there or gone out.
- He calls us his sons and daughters (2 Cor. 6:18) for that is what we really are.
- He gives us brothers and sisters in Christ (Eph. 2:19; 3:14-21) – a family that cares.
- He relates intimately to each one of us, knowing our name (John 10:14, 27) – he knows us personally, and relates to us as a Father who knows his children well.
- He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
- He provides for us (John 16:23, 24).
- He loves to give us good gifts (Luke 11:13; James 1:17).
- He is kind to us (Eph. 2:7) and forgiving (1 John 1:9) when we mess up, and is keen for us to get up and be moving on, not wallowing in self-pity or condemnation.
- He encourages and affirms us (Luke 12:32 – all through Scripture).
- He is patient and gentle with us (2 Peter 3:9).
- He instructs and guides us (John 14:26).
- He disciplines us that we might grow and be all he wants us to be as his children (Heb. 12:5-11).
What a Father, your Father, my Father, our Father.
Yes, He is, a good, good Father – Song: Good Good Father