And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” – Galatians 4:6

Our association and definition of “Father” depend heavily on our many different experiences at home or lack thereof.  To some, it brings an experience of love, laughter, respect, and acceptance.  Unfortunately, others associate the word father with fear, rejection, and disappointment.  That is why it is essential not to take our understanding of our heavenly Father from our experience.  Take it directly from the Scripture.  All of us undoubtedly had an imperfect earthly father, perhaps even one who brought us harm.  But, as in all of our Christian life, the key is not to understand the Bible based on our experience but to understand our experience in light of the Bible.  God is our model of a father in the truest sense of the word.

Our heavenly Father was willing to pay any price in order to save us (Ro. 8:32), always ready to meet our needs (Lk. 11:11-13), loves us so much that He is willing to discipline us to bring us to Christian maturity (Pr. 3:11-12), even when we rebel against Him and reject His love, our Father continues to do what is best for us (Ro. 5:8), He does not make His love for us conditional upon our love for Him, He loves us even when we are not loving Him (1 Jn. 4:19), He has made us His heirs and reserves a home for us in heaven (Ro. 8:15-17).

This is what our heavenly Father is like.  If this has not been your experience, it can be now.  There is One who has adopted us and wants to love us in a way we have never experienced before.  Take comfort and strength from Him – our heavenly Father.

Pastor Felix Tan

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