I am discovering that it is a daunting task to attempt to include a short (hopefully uplifting) Bible study that will accompany the topic of my recent blog. I have to pick and choose scripture and words while having little space to provide context. This is a prayerful experiment and I am so grateful to you all for your patience as I navigate down this novice blogging path. Thank you and here goes:
Perhaps one of the most well known scriptures in the entire Bible is John 3:16. It explains just how much God the Ultimate Father loves the world. What is my response to this incredible love?__________________________________________________________________________
As a believer of Jesus, asking Him to forgive my sins, inviting Him into my life, and trusting Him as my Lord and Savior means I can be called a “child of God”. Read 1 John 3:1
Therefore, what does the Bible say about God as Father?
According to Psalm 103:13, what does the Lord God have on His children? _____________________________________________________________________________
He loves us in an even higher way than we love our own children. Therefore, according to Proverbs 3:11-12 what does God do because He loves us?______________________________________________________________________________
This is not absence, rejection, or abuse. It is loving discipline in the same way we teach our own children life lessons- only in a better perfect way.
How does Matthew 6:26 comfort you in your present circumstance? _____________________________________________________________________________ When I focus on scriptures like these my worries become less and my faith becomes more. However, for me and my worry-conscious soul, it continues to be a process.
What does Matthew 5:48 say about the nature of our ultimate Father? ______________________________________________________________________________
We know that none of us is perfect, but knowing that the Father of the universe is perfect comforts me and gives me hope in this present world. He knows what perfect looks like and He, who knows everything, knew we would need a Savior to become righteous and “perfect” in His eyes.
Speaking of perfect, I love James 1:17- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.NIV How does it encourage you today knowing that the Father does not change? Coming from a childhood plagued by chaos, this brought amazing hope to me.
Because I am committed to keeping this study short, I cannot go into the many incredible traits of God the Father. However, I do have two requests for you to consider.
First, could you take a moment to think of the fabulous fathers in your own life (should be easy right after Father’s Day) and as you contemplate what makes them great, please remember these traits are multiplied and perfect in our Ultimate Father in Heaven.
Second, if your experience with a father or fathers in your life has been painful, if you have been wounded and your picture of a father is still shaded by these experiences, I would ask you to ponder (with prayer) applying forgiveness (not permission for more hurts) but a “letting go” of the debts of hurt from the past. Jesus said in Matthew 6:14- For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. NIV . For me, deciding to forgive has helped create a palette to paint my history with peace.
I am so thankful to all of the earthly fathers I have met in my adulthood who have participated in drawing a truer picture of the loving, just, giving, safe, forgiving, protecting, perfect Father in heaven. It is a picture where i can see Him there wrapping me with a jacket of comfort, teaching me life lessons, standing guard over me to protect me, accepting me with all my flaws and loving me with a love that does not quit. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen . Philippians 4:20 NIV