Everywhere I go and minister I have noticed that there is usually one thing that is common about many people in the places I have gone all over the country. I have noticed that many people have a lot of bitterness and un-forgiveness towards their father. A lot of people either had a non-existent dad, one that blatantly hurt them or one that simply let them down. Not one of us had a perfect dad while growing up but all of us have a deep longing for the love of a Perfect Father. We have a natural desire for something that no earthly dad can provide, no matter how great they were! (I have been blessed to have an AMAZING earthly dad by the way…)
I believe that the reason that we have this desire for a Perfect Father is because God himself put that desire inside each of us. He placed that desire in our hearts so that we would search for Him and find Him. The good news about this desire is that it can be satisfied because of what Jesus did on cross. When he died he paid the price for ALL of our sins and enabled us to come into relationship with His dad, which is the Perfect Father. When we confess our sins, turn away from them and confess Jesus as our Leader then we can enter into the relationship with our Perfect Father. Here are some exciting things to notice about our Perfect Father:
1. He is “Our Father” – Matt 6:9 – “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
When Jesus taught us how to pray He showed us the amazing truth that His Dad is our Dad! This is good news because Jesus was the Son of God. This means that God is our Father and has brought us into the same relationship that he had with Jesus. This means that when we have needs that he sees them and enjoys meeting them just like any good earthly father would. This also means that we have a loving Father who loves to give us good gifts, lavishes His abundant love upon us and disciplines us so we don’t do things that will hurt us. This is great news because in Christ, we have a Perfect Father!
2. He is the Father of Glory – Eph 1:17 – “that the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation…”
The greek word for Glory here literally means, “something has inherent, intrinsic worth”. This means that our Father is one that has unlimited glory, splendor and worth. We have the most wealthy and blessed Father ever! Our Perfect Father is one that deserves great honor, renown and respect. We don’t have to be ashamed of our Perfect Father because He is the Father of Glory and deserves all of the respect and honor. We can be proud of the family that we are in because we have the Perfect Father!
3. He is the Father of Lights – Jas 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Our Perfect Father is one that never changes. He doesn’t suddenly have a bad day and yell at us. He doesn’t hold back His love from us simply because we have made a mistake. He doesn’t ever change. Our Perfect Father is one that is consistent and will be consistent throughout all of eternity. We can expect that ALL of His amazing attributes will always be true 100% all of the time. God is love and we can expect that He will always respond to each of us out of His perfect love. We have a Perfect Father who is always perfect!
If today you realize that you have this deep desire for a Perfect Father but have never truly known Him then I want to invite you to confess your sins, turn away from them and enter into a relationship with a Perfect Father through Jesus Christ. If you do know God but you feel like you can’t experience the fullness of His love, it may be because you are still harboring bitterness towards your dad. When we make the decision to forgive others and let them go, it opens up our capacity to receive love. When you forgive it allows your Perfect Father to pour His love out on you.
If you need to forgive your dad then I want to invite you today to simply pray out loud the following: “Heavenly Father, I choose to forgive my dad for _______________. I thank you for my earthly dad and pray that You would bless him. Please forgive me for holding this against him. Thank you Lord for your forgiveness. Please show me what it means to receive the love of a Perfect Father. In Jesus Name, Amen.”