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"A Father’s Love"
Max Lucado once shared a story of a time his wife had to be away for a few days leaving him to care for their two daughters.  When Max’s wife returned she asked, “How were the girls?”
“They were good,” Max replied.
Overhearing the conversation, the youngest daughter chimed in, “How can you say we were good, dad?  We fought once, we had at least two arguments, and I disobeyed you about eating candy. We were anything but good.”
Obviously Max and his daughter had a different definition of “good”.  For the daughter “good” meant that she did nothing wrong, was totally obedient.  For many people this is their definition of “good” as well.  They believe in order to be considered “good” in the eyes of God they must not make any mistakes.  There can be no errors in judgment; they have to be perfect.
Max’s view of his daughter’s behavior was tainted by his love for his girls.  Sure, they had misbehaved a time or two, but his love for them overshadowed those minor infractions.  They were not good because of what they did or didn’t do… they were good because they were his, and he loved them.
This is God’s attitude as well.  We are human, and we do make mistakes, but when we are His then His love for us overshadows our poor judgment.  His love makes us “good.”
This Father’s Day we will celebrate the love all good fathers extend to their children.  Let’s also celebrate the love that our Heavenly Father extends to us.  A love that overshadows our human faults and makes us “good.”

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.   2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (KJV)

 

 

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