A father’s love…is a love without end. It is not just a phrase in this song; it is a truth that those who know the love of the Father live with everyday! It is a comfort and an example that all father’s should seek to emulate. Our Father God is, quite literally, a perfect example of what a father should be.
The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] (1 John 4:8, AMP)
God is love! He created love and has shown what love looks like, how it is demonstrated. To show complete and unending love can only be done by knowing the Father. In today’s society, many view love as always giving the child what they want, protecting them from everything that may harm them. But as Father God shows, love is sometimes harsh.
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”(Ezekiel 18:30–32)
Father God loves all His children, even when they turn from Him and spurn His love. Father God is willing to punish His children that disobey, and those that turn from Him, yet He is willing to, time and again, give the chance to repent and return to Him.
My son, do not reject or take lightly the discipline of the Lord [learn from your mistakes and the testing that comes from His correction through discipline]; Nor despise His rebuke, For those whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:11-12, AMP)
God the Father does not take pleasure in disciplining His children, but does it out of love. This is often one of the hardest lessons children can, no matter their age, learn. Although it rarely seems like it, discipline, honest and earnest discipline, is done out of love! Discipline is given to correct a mistake or a failure. It is done to help us in the future! It is done to further our relationship with our Father and bring us closer to Him.
For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, AMP)
And we never have to doubt His love! God’s love for us cannot be changed, taken away, or ended. His love is unlimited - A father’s love…is a love without end.
We at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day! As we celebrate our earthly fathers, also remember our Heavenly Father, and be thankful for His love, given freely to all.