Words from the Heart for Sunday June 21st, 2020
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
In a recent Fatherhood Institute poll, Canada ranked 7th in the world when it comes to the role that dads play in the lives of their children. We would have ranked higher, but those above us in the poll have paid parental leave for father’s as part of their social safety net. Previous research has found that involved fathers end up raising kids who are smarter, better behaved and with a lower chance of exhibiting negative mental health symptoms like aggression or anxiety.
Happy Father’s Day. Dad’s play such an important part in the lives of their children. It is a joy to see godly men living godly lives before their children, committed to Jesus and to their family. Those of us who are fathers and grandfathers have the perfect example to follow. The Psalmist wrote this in Psalm 103:13: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he told them to begin with “Our Father.” This has become known as the Christian prayer. Only in the Christian faith is God considered as a Father. It is a sense of intimacy that is found in no other religious system. But when we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ by faith, God becomes our Heavenly Father. And if you want to be the best dad you can be, look to how God treats us as His children. He knows what is best for us, and He provides for us all we need. Our God is a loving Father, who directs us to become the best we can be, loving us, correcting us, guiding us. Dads, learn from Him.
These have been words from the heart.