A Father’s Love

By Pastor Tim Eaton

There is a Randy Travis song from many years ago called, “Raise Him Up.” The lyrics talk about what a son can do with a father’s love: “I’ll provide for him; Walk beside of him; I am strong enough; Cause it’s time he knew what a son can do with a father’s love; He can change the world.”

There is a profound strength that can come from a father’s love. His family leadership can instill great characteristics in his children: courage, drive, determination, and love, just to name a few. Children can learn how to change the world with a father’s love…just look at Jesus.

Jesus came into this world for us, and His Father loved and praised Him for it. “And the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased,’” (Luke 3:22). Jesus often spoke about the greatness of His Father’s love – never wavering; never ending.

The Apostle, Paul, repeatedly calls us all “children of God.” In fact, God loved us so much that he sent His precious Son to die for us so we can spend eternity with Him. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

As a parent, can you imagine that kind of love? Jesus says there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends. He did that willingly. Because of His Father’s love, Jesus changed the world.

As we celebrate our dads this Father’s Day, remember the ultimate example of God the Father. Patient, Protective, Wise, Understanding, and Forgiving. With a Father’s love, you can change the world.