A Christian Father's Day Devotion
With Father's Day right around the corner, I have been thinking about how God, the best father, demonstrates his love for us. I see his love most clearly through the death of Christ on the cross and Spirit of Christ living in our hearts.
The Best Father Gives the Cross
The cross of Christ is the proof of God's love. Because of the cross, our heavenly father could forgive our sin and remain holy at the same time. Through the cross, Christ saves sinners and satisfies God's justice. The cross of Christ shows us the cost of our father's love. It is true that God loves us, but it took more than love to offer forgiveness to the whole world. The love of God means Calvary. The only way we are forgiven is by the redeeming death of Jesus on the cross.
The Best Father Gives the Holy Spirit
photo courtesy of ian burt
Another proof of God's love is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Since Jesus rose from the dead, God has poured the Spirit of Christ into our hearts.
In his book, What Kids Need Most in a Dad, Tim Hansel tells the story of a teenager who had a very large birthmark over much of his face. Amazingly, it didn't bother him at all. One day someone asked him how this could be.
"Are you aware of the fact that you have this large birthmark on your face?" "Of course I am," he replied. "Can you tell me then why it doesn't seem to bother you in the slightest?" The young man smiled and said, "When I was young, my father started telling me that the birthmark was there for two reasons: one, it was where the angel had kissed me; two, the angel had done so that my father could always find me easily in a crowd. My Dad told me this so many times with so much love, that as I grew up, I actually began feeling sorry for the other kids who were not kissed by an angel like I was."
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, God left his mark. Having believed, you were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). By the indwelling Spirit of God, we know we belong to him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (I John 4:10). And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us (Romans 5:5).
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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