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The Father's Love

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On Sunday, we will be celebrating Father’s Day. Pastors are no doubt preparing sermons of exhortation to the important role of the father in the home. The movie, "Courageous," brought out that point.
To some, Father’s Day can be a painful day. While for many, father’s day is spent honoring one’s father in some way, for some it can be a day of painful memories. A large number have said goodbye to their fathers in death, others have never met their fathers, and still others have strained or difficult relationships with theirs.
But everyone can be received by the Heavenly father who promises to be a father to the fatherless. “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” Psalm 68:5 (KJV)
An amazing illustration of the Father’s Love as told by Jesus is known as the parable of the prodigal son, can be found in the Bible:
“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 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. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:11-24 (KJV)
The following passages further describe the great love that God, our heavenly Father has for everyone.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 (KJV)
While Father’s Day is a day set to honor our earthly fathers, may we not forget that we have a loving heavenly father who loves and values us and is worthy of the highest honor. Our Heavenly Father loves each of his children.

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