A Dad is a person who is loving and kind, And often he knows what you have on your mind. He's someone who listens, suggests, and defends. A dad can be one of your very best friends! He's proud of your triumphs but when things go wrong A dad can be patient and helpful and strong. In all that you do, a dad's love plays a part, There's always a place for him deep in your heart. And each year that passes You're even more glad, More grateful and proud just to call him your dad! (Unknown)
Many people can read that poem and relate their dad to the spoken words. And yet there are many, especially in this day and time, where the relationship with a Dad is very much strained. What ever your relationship is or was with your Father, I hope that you can see, through the Word of God, a more fulfilling love.
The ultimate example of a Father's love is demonstrated through our heavenly Father. For those who really KNOW Him, you will totally agree. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Love is self sacrifice..it's giving of yourself to take care of others.
The Psalmist wrote, "Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down. And are acquainted with all my ways, For there is not a word on my tongue But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether." (Ps. 139:1-4) Love takes time to listen and hear the heart, to comfort and encourage.
And as uncomfortable as it may be, love corrects. Hebrews 12:6 "For whom the Lord loves He corrects, and disciplines everyone He accepts as a child." Just like we do with our own children we must correct and discipline wrong behavior. Why? Because we love them and want to see them grow up and do the right things. Prov. 13:24 says, "He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly."
If you are a Dad, I want to inspire you to be more like the Father God in your demonstration of love. Your sacrificial giving, in the things you do for your family is a display of love. Gal. 6:7b says, "..whatever a man sows that he will also reap." Love will be returned. The time you take to listen and hear the heart of your children, encouraging, comforting and motivating to never give up, is planting seeds of faith. All the discipline and correction is not pointless, no matter how often you repeat it. It is building a strong and wise child that will become a strong and wise man or woman of God.
Don't grow weary in your well doing... as the Word says, "..for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart, give up, or faint." Faith works by Love - continue in your Love and Faith!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."