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Any special plans for Father's Day? Are you taking Dad out to dinner? Will you give him a card or talk to him on the phone? Fathers are intended to be blessings from God. They are to be His representatives in protecting, caring for, and leading the family. They are to bring up their children "in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). It is God-pleasing then to honor them for the role they have been given. One quality of fathers which impressed my friends and me when we were younger was their strength. We would try to convince one another saying, "My dad is so strong that he can...." But what we often overlooked was our fathers' love, for strength exercised without love often harms rather than helps.

That's especially true with our heavenly Father, isn't it? No one is stronger. "The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all" (Ps. 103:19). Yet if He simply acted on the basis of strength, we would be terrified of Him, for He could destroy us eternally and would have just cause because of our sin. However, what Scripture emphasizes, perhaps even more so than His almighty power, is the heavenly Father's immense love. "As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him" (Ps. 103:13). His love for us moved Him to sacrifice His Son on the cross that we might receive forgiveness and everlasting life through faith. There is no greater love. His love is the source of our love. "We love because he first loved us" (1 Jn. 4:19)."  May we continue to show our love to Him as we gather at His House to hear and follow Him!

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