I would like to take a few moments to share with you about your Father's
heart toward you. Yes, I am referring to your Heavenly Father.
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, NIV).
a lot of love. God loves us so much. The sins of this world have lead us to places
we should not be going, doing things we should not be doing, and encouraging us
to say things we should not be saying. But God's love is so great that no matter
what the sin, He sent His son to die for us so that we can be forgiven and made
whole. Someone had to pay the price; blood had to be given as a sacrifice. God
sent Jesus, the only sinless one, to be the payment for our sins. He did this
by giving His life as a ransom for our sins.
We have seen great fathers
in this world. The story of the father who pushed, pulled, and carried his son
through a triathlon is a great example. He swam 2.5 miles, cycled 125 miles through
hot lava fields, and concluded by running 26.2 miles with his son. You see, he
loved his handicapped son so much. His son's dream was to be in this contest.
The father's heart was to meet that need for and with his son. No, they were not
in first place or even second place, but they did finish just under the deadline.
The father ran the race with the son.
Our Heavenly Father is running the
race with us. We are all in a race. If we have asked Jesus, God's Son, into our
hearts and to forgive us our sins, then we are pressing on to win the prize.
press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus"
I also was thinking about the pastor
of Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer. Their pastor certainly showed the heart of
a father for these two young women as they were held prisoners in Afghanistan.
He went overseas to help in any way he could. I think he was there for several
weeks praying for them and trying to assist the best way he could. I was touched
as I heard that story. He showed a very big heart for these two missionary women.
heart is so big for us. His love is so awesome. He wants only what is best for
us. Perhaps this Valentine's Day we can think of not only the ones that love us
here, but also of the Father in heaven that has a very big heart for us. He cares,
wants us to be healed, cleansed from our sins, in right relationship with Him
and others around us, and on our way to heaven. He has a wonderful place for us
I pray that you can feel His heart of love for you today -- the
heart of a true loving, gentle, and kind Father.
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