John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–
A thought on a Christian radio station triggered the meaning on God being the Father who never gives up on His child. It said something like, “We don’t have to worry about loosing grip on God, He’s the One with the solid grip on us”. In this moment, the Lord revealed to me in a new way, His ever-prevailing Fatherly love.
Does a good father give up on a child who’s done something naughty? Does the child stop being the father’s child when he does something wrong? Doesn’t the father lovingly correct him?
As a mom of 4, I know parenting and disciplining is challenging. Each child and stage is different, and responds to different levels of warnings, time outs, etc. Some kids just need a look, or the mention of their name to get them back on track. Some younger children need continued reinforcement balanced with love. One article explained the process in stages of parenting – Caregiver, Cop, Coach and Councilor.
How blessed are we, that our Heavenly Father knows exactly how to target our shortcomings and mess-ups with maximum love and effectiveness!
A good parent raises his children to have the same morals and behaviors as himself. He applies the maximum love and truth to his parenting. In turn, a child respects their parent and aspires to be just like them. Have you ever seen an adult child whose mannerisms remind you directly of their parent?
How amazing, that we have the BEST Father, Father God.
Father God, thank-you for loving us with a love so grand, it takes more than a lifetime to get to know just how infinite it is. How amazing it is to be called Your child. Help me to be more like you, so that I remind others of You. ~Amen
Ephesians 5 is a great chapter to read, starting with verse 1 – “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” Be encouraged to read through verse 21.