“God is the perfect father who fathers His children perfectly.”

51zK+xrChRL._SY300_From Mary Kassian’s Knowing God by Name:

God is not merely “like” a father as He is like a rock or light. God is Father — and He alone defines what true fatherhood is all about. God is the perfect father who fathers His children perfectly. He is the father of our dreams:

  • He lavishes us with love (1John 3:1)
  • He is always near (Josh. 1:5)
  • He protects us (Ps. 5:11-12)
  • He provides for us (Phil 4:19)
  • He gives us good gifts (Matt. 7:8-11)
  • He guides us (Rom. 8:14)
  • He corrects us (2 Tim. 3:16)
  • He comforts us (2 Thess. 2:16-17)
  • He encourages us (Rom. 15:4-5)
  • He gives us a spectacular inheritance (Eph. 1:18, 1 Pet. 1:4)

“Father” is the name that sets Christianity apart from all the other religions of the world. Other religions have their gods, Allahs, creators, or metaphysical forces, but Jesus — the Son of God — came so that we could meet His Father, be adopted into His family, and relate to the almighty God of the universe in an intimate, personal concrete way as sons and daughters. If you don’t know God as father, then you don’t really know Him at all.

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