The Love of a Father

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:13

How did your father show you love?

Fathers have many ways they can show love.

  • They may hug or wrestle or say they love you.
  • They may teach you how to fix a flat tire or put a bookshelf together.
  • They may ground you for doing something you shouldn’t have.
  • They may teach you about Jesus.
  • They may clean up your skinned knee.

Of course, this is only a small fraction of what the list could be. Dad’s aren’t always known for expressing their love in words, but there are many other ways to show love.

Our Heavenly Father is Like Your Father
In Psalm 103 God is compared to a loving father. Just as your father may have taught you, disciplined you, cared for you, and told you that you are loved, God does as well. He loves us and shows great compassion to us. No greater example of this is His sacrificing His Son for our salvation.

Our Heavenly Father Isn’t Like Your Father
I’ve learned over the years that talking about God like a father is a mixed bag. It can be very effective or have the opposite effect. The reality is that some of our fathers weren’t great dads. They may not have hugged us or taught us about Jesus. They may not have even been there at all. Some are abusive. God isn’t like that. God is love.

The truth is that even the love of the best earthly dad can’t compare to the love of our Father in heaven. He loves us completely and perfectly. 

How has your Heavenly Father shown you love?

Heavenly Father,

Your love is greater than any we have experienced from another. Thank you. Thank you for Fathers. Help fathers to love their children. Where they fail, forgive them and help us to forgive.


In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt