“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
Becoming a dad is the easy part. But being a father takes discipline and love. So, who is a father? in my own opinion I believe a father does not have to be biological parent to a child, but a father is a man who takes care of his children and family in love, one who leads by good example and one who ensure the wellbeing and security of his family at all times.
A great example of what a father should be like is found in Luke chapter 15. In my opening verse (20) you will notice that the father saw his son coming while he was yet afar off. He ran to his son (he did not wait for his disobedient son to come and beg him for forgiveness) he went to meet him with compassion in his heart for him, hugged and kissed him, showing him that he had already forgiven him. I am not saying that children should be disrespectful, but because of the love of a father, there will always be room for forgiveness towards his child or children, even during challenging times.
Isn’t that good to know how much we are loved by our earthly fathers? But even so, the bigger picture is, the love of God our father towards us. No father here on earth can love us more than the way God loves and cares for us. The story of the prodigal son is Jesus’s way of telling us what happens when we decided to surrender our lives to God the father. That he loves us in such a way that he will meet us where we are, right there in our sinful mess and mistakes (even the repeated, premediated sin). God will place his arms around us, and he will have compassion on us. The prodigal son was expecting to be treated as a servant when he returns home, but his father treated him like a king. That is the love of a father.
Let us pray: Lord, please forgive me of my sin today. Thank you for your word. I pray for fathers all over this world, those who are actively fathering their children, that they will continue to do so in love and to those who are not, I pray that you will use this moment to reflect and see how best you can improve your relationship with your child/children. I pray for those who have lost their dads (like myself) that you will continue to let his memory shine in your hearts and if they are any bad memories that you will forgive him in the name of Jesus. Until next time God bless you.
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