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by Amanda Murray on March 18, 2014
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving, kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin…
This verse and verses like it have revealed God’s heart to His creation. God could have chosen to relate to His creation in anyway and He chose to relate to us by being a Father. A Father who changed the world through His love, forgiveness, faithfulness and goodness, offering relationship to all through His son, Jesus. The grace He has so freely given to me gives me the desire to run after this relationship, share this relationship, and honor this relationship. Knowing the Father’s love and grace for me has, and is, leading me down His path.
My father on earth has been loving, slow to anger, abounding in love, kindness and truth. He has stuck with me through thick and thin. My father is a good man and a better dad. He instilled “his ways” in me through a process of time. He had a good idea of who I was created to be way before I did. My dad’s love, faithfulness, forgiveness and grace, basically his choice to put our relationship above any problem, changed and continues to change me.
His relationship with me was more important than any craziness I chose – rodeo, sports and money. I would have to have continually chosen to walk away and close off all avenues to get out of the relationship my dad offered to me. But his relationship was not a one-time offer. I was his creation and his beloved son. Knowing I mean this much to him doesn’t give me the desire to take advantage of him. It doesn’t give me the desire to disrespect or dishonor his name. Knowing I am loved gives me the desire to love others the way I have been loved.
I understand everyone did not have the same experience with his or her earthly dad. I understand some don’t even know who their dad is. This is why the gospel is such GOOD NEWS! Even though my dad was great in his pursuit of me, it is only a glimpse of how God pursues us. Even though I am following the examples of the great men in my life and pursuing relationship with my children, it is only a glimpse of the relationship Our Father is offering His children. He is pursuing our relationship with Him right now. Nothing is more important to God than you receiving the relationship He is offering and His desire to be Our Father and His desire for us to receive His way. He has offered us His name and when we receive His name, His name reveals who we were always created to be. God in His love, kindness, grace and faithfulness empowers us. His love gives us the desire to love, honor and respect Him and His creation. What love the Father has given that we would be called His children!!
By giving us Jesus, God restored our DNA. The blood and genetics make all the difference in creation. We were made in His likeness and image and through Jesus we return to Our Father’s original plan. Racehorse trainers are not concerned when the colt is born with no coordination, speed and stamina. A racehorse trainer knows it is in the blood. The trainer continues to cultivate and bring out what has been passed down through the colt’s bloodline.
As a father, I appreciate my natural bloodline and am thankful for my parents, they are great. They showed me the path to the original bloodline. As a father, it all changes when I go the next step and connect and receive my spiritual bloodline. The journey becomes less and less about striving and more about belonging. Knowing my Father in heaven has it all worked out. My Father in heaven has it all written down, every detail. I can rest in Him, knowing I have chosen to be in His name. His name empowers to be who we were and are created to be. He is a GREAT DAD!
Charlie lives in Colorado is a father of five, coaches basketball and soccer and works on the family ranch.
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