God our Father

December 11, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Mothers in Moyobamba, Peru, build relationships with their children like our Heavenly Father builds loving relationships with us. (File photo)

God our Father

By Kristin Breen

There have been many times in my few years since becoming a parent that I’ve learned about God’s love for us from the perspective of a parent.

I’ve looked at my own children and have thought: “Child, you don’t understand this yet, but the things I’m making you do right now will be better for you than the choice you would like to make.”

For instance, when I don’t allow our children to eat candy right before supper, or making them wear a helmet when we go for a bike ride. They may fuss or complain, but we know as parents that these are to protect them because we love them so much.

I can’t help but think that the Father must think that daily. How much we cannot comprehend about how He is protecting us and loving us by His leading us through His Spirit. We have hardships and struggle to see how God could be working through an event in our lives, but we must trust that He is ultimately in control.

How blessed we are to be able to look at our children and simply love them, no strings attached.

I believe that God the Father looks at us in the same manner. Love, just love. He is the source of love, in fact, he is love (I John 4:8b).

We love our children unconditionally. How much more our heavenly Father loves us. He loved us so much that He sent his Son so that we might become his children, too. Oh, what a gift He has given us!

I cannot fathom how difficult it was for the Father to let go of his Son. We as parents would give anything to protect our children. And our heavenly Father gave up his one and only Son to protect us, his adopted children.

At this Christmastime, please take the time to remember that the greatest gift was given to us more than 2,000 years ago. The greatest display of love our minds could only begin to comprehend. God is our Father; He is in control; and His love for us is shown through the birth of His Son.

May your family have a blessed Christmas season.

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