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When you hear the word father, what comes to mind?  Someone who is loving and kind, who makes you feel safe and protected?  Someone who is good?  Lots of fun to be around?  If your earthly father was all of these things, then your heart probably smiles when you hear the word.  But if your earthly dad wasn’t so great, then your concept of who a father is might be somewhat different.

Here are few nuggets of truth about who our heavenly Daddy is.  Embrace His love today!  Get to know your Daddy, and let Him hug all your hurts away.

Our heavenly Father is a good Father.  

In fact, Jesus called Him “Abba,” which is equivalent to our modern word Daddy.  He is LOVE.  Not just he has some love… He is literally the substance of Love.  And He loves you!  (I John 4:8-10)

And in a world where love has been misconstrued and misrepresented to the point where we don’t even recognize it anymore,  let me tell you what the Bible says that love is.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT – Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The Father is all these things and more.  He is patient with you.  He knows that you are learning, and won’t get irritated when you mess up.  He’s there to offer grace and help to you when you need it  – and I know I need it often!

The Father is kind!  He isn’t rude.  And let’s think about this: He does not demand His own way.  That’ll mess up some of your theology.  In a good way. 🙂

The Father keeps no record of being wronged.  He does not remember your sins and your mess-ups!  He sees you as perfect through the lens of the cross.

Your Daddy will never give up on you!  He will always be with you – His love endures through every circumstance of your life.  He will carry you when you can’t go a step further.

Every good gift comes from Him!

James 1:17 NIV – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

What good gifts can you see in your life?  Take a minute here and call them to mind.

Your children.  Your husband.  Your home.  Your health.  The food you ate today.  Your friends.  The bed you slept in last night.  Peace in your heart.  Joy in your home.  The list could go on and one.

Everything good in your life has been sent to you from your Daddy.  He takes good care of His kids!  You can trust that He will always take good care of you.

God loved you so much (even before you loved Him) that He sent His Son Jesus to earth to rescue you.

 John 3:16-17 NLT – says, “…God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Can you imagine?  The Father’s will is that you have abundant life forever with Him!  If you believe on Jesus, this free gift is yours.

John 6:40 NLT – “For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life….”

The Father also sends the Holy Spirit to us now to be our helper and comforter.

Luke 11:13 NKJV – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

John 15:26 NKJV – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

The Father is in you!

Ephesians 4:4-6 NKJV – [There is]…one God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.

Jesus is the one who reveals the Father to us. (Matthew 11:27)