Facets of God’s Character: My Sweet Abba

Romans 8:15 NLT “So you should not be like cowarding, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family — calling Him ‘Father, dear Father.’ “

I spent a lot of time with my Opah (paternal grandfather) when I was a little girl. He taught me about the Lord, and demonstrated me His love to me. Opah helped me to understand so much about God and His truths through stories he told me and by the way he lived. He made a huge impact on my life. Opah helped me know my Heavenly Father’s love for me.

Knowing and feeling loved is very important to a child. I taught school for many years and during those years it became evident that some children were not blessed with a family or parent that loved them. It was heartbreaking.

People search for love all of their lives in order to fill the emptiness inside. Human beings can touch your life with beautiful love. My Opah’s love for me remains a precious treasure in my heart. But nothing fills the emptiness inside except knowing the Father’s love.

If Jesus is your Savior, God is your Heavenly Father. It was God’s love for us that changed the hopeless into hopeful. While we were yet sinners, God sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. What amazing love. God so desired a relationship with us. He loves us so much. (Read John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

Luke 15 tells us the familiar story of The Prodigal Son. This story so beautifully displays the characteristics we can come to depend upon as we grow in knowing God as our Heavenly Father. The father in the parable of the prodigal demonstrates grace, compassion, affection, generosity, forgiveness, and love for his wayward son.

A number of years ago I began calling on God in my prayer time as My Sweet Abba. The memory of crawling up into my Opah’s lap, laying my head on his chest, and listening to him talk to me came to mind whenever I prayed. I thought of climbing into my Heavenly Father’s lap, feeling the warmth and safety of that. Hearing Him whisper to me, knowing the belonging I had, basking in the warmth of His love as I shared my heart. Nothing could be more perfect.

God as my “Abba” or “Daddy” is one of my favorite facets of who God is in my life. A good father is a safe place, a refuge for a frightened child. A good father is present and available. A good father is kind and generous. Generous in love and tenderness as well as generous in meeting the needs of his family. God is a good, good father.

Do you know God as your Heavenly Father? Draw near to Him. He wants you to know His love for you.

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