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“Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father” – 1st Timothy 1:2b

The tendency to understand God, our Heavenly Father, by the experience of our earthly fathers (most have one but some have fore) always leads to a misconception.

Fatherhood is to be understood as God has revealed it, not the other way around.

God is the father our fathers should have been like. As Eugene Peterson translates 1st Thessalonians 2:11,

“With each of you we were like a father with his child, holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step-by-step how to live well” – The Message Bible

How do we avoid the Misconception?

1). Repent of judging God by our standards;

2) Ask God to show you what fatherhood is really like;

3) Forgive the imperfect examples;

4) Bask in his fatherly grace.

– fritz

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Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham…. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him … we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, … Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him … for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8:39-44 (KJV)

Your true parentage, in God’s eyes, is determined not by genetics but by actions – who you act like.

The Pharisees thought Abraham was their father but Jesus countered that the acorn does not fall far from the tree.

We can change parentage by being what Jesus called, “Born Again” (John 3:3) – birthed with God as our father!

So, whose your daddy?

– Fritz@langgang.com

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