THE HEART OF THE FATHER
Oh, the heart of the Father! Brennan Manning (“The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus”), calls the Father’s love “scandalous”. Loiue Giglio calls His grace “furious”. Jesus called the Father’s mercy “the weightiest part” of who He is. The earth shouts out His generosity. Love, grace, mercy, generosity – that’s who the Father is.
The devil has lied to us. He has told us that God is a disciplinarian, a taskmaster, waiting to pounce on every deviation from His absolute perfection. He casts doubts on His forgiveness. He questions the truth of His Word. But how can we believe him when we have the evidence? He is a liar and he can only speak the language of lies.
The Father’s heart is for a family of sons and daughters, of brothers and sisters on whom He can lavish all His love. He planned it from the beginning and, in spite of the spanner the devil threw in the works and the deviation the whole of humanity and creation has taken for thousands of years, He has never changed His plan.
Jesus came to earth with one purpose – to reveal the Father. He chose twelve men and took three plus years to introduce them to the Father; “Father” a name they had not known before. They learned about Elohim, El Shaddai, Adonai, Yahweh and all the other names by which His people knew Him but Father . . . not yet until Jesus came.
What kind of a Father is He? Absentee? Disciplinarian? Harsh? Abusive? Our human fathers are often a poor reflection of the Father. We look at God through our own fathers and are put off because of their imperfections. That’s why Jesus came.
God chose to send Him as His Son for one purpose, so that He could show us what it is for a Father and Son to be in a perfect relationship. Everything He taught them about God as their Father He modelled for them by being the perfect Son in obedience and submission to His Father.
Everyone needs a father. Even if our earthly fathers have failed, we have a Father who loves the worst rebel, the filthiest sinner. He loves so scandalously that He sent His Son to take our place in a horrendous death on a Roman cross.
We have a Father whose grace is so great that He lifts up, washes clean, clothes in a garment of righteousness and reinstates as in His family as His beloved sons and daughters. His mercy is so “heavy” that removes everything we deserve and replaces it with everything we don’t deserve.
And His generosity goes on forever.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1).
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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