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Friday, July 15, 2011

Father's Heart

Each of us have had different experiences with the concept of a father in our lives. If we have had the experience of having a loving, steadfast parental figure, we are blessed. Human fathers are fallible beings, who for a plethora of reasons may not have been present in our lives, physically or emotionally. More often than not, their own emotional needs have gone unmet in their own childhood and the circle of emotional bankruptcy continues to the next generation, if not addressed.  This is not a situation that cannot be remedied, as God the Father is the answer for the healing of our pain and loss. This day, I would like to honor my Father. Please let me tell you about Him. He is merciful and kind; He is Graceful and forgiving. He is strong and valiant; He is beautiful and generous. You see my Father is the God of the universe. He created everything, including you and I and I am glad to tell you that He wants to be your Father too.

The scripture reveals many attributes of God. I would like to share seven of them with you today.

Love:  “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8
PatienceThe Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  II Peter 3:9
FaithfulnessLORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1
GoodnessWho provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?” Job 38:41
MercyAll of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:3-5
GraceTo the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:6,7
RighteousnessFor in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17

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