Weekly Encouragement: Our Father

This week, I’ve been meditating on my relationship with God the Father. I think I tend to have a better relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but I still can struggle with feeling afraid of God. Somehow, I think I’m always disappointing Him. Actually, I’ve noticed this in so, so many people, and I wish I knew why. How often do we feel unnecessary pain or distance in our relationship with God because we treat Him like our boss or a critical voice rather than a Father who designed us because He loves us?

God didn’t have to make you. Have you ever stopped and thought about that? He designed everything, down to the shape of your nose, in a way that He enjoys. He dreamed you up with more care than the sun. Your life holds more value in eternity than this entire solar system. Out of everything He made, the one thing he took the time to breathe on was His children. You were designed in His image. When He looks at you, He sees His DNA. He can tell you’re His.

So often, we think we have to earn or strive for our relationship with God, but He’s always close. He lives within us. He isn’t waiting for a reason to leave us. There is nothing we could do to change the way He loves us. Even if we run, like Jonah, He will find a way to meet us where we are. When we invited Him into our hearts, He made a covenant with us to walk with us through our whole journey. Every single day. In every single mistake. Through every single doubt. We have to be willing to receive His love into the deepest, darkest corners of our hearts, because He already loves them before they look good. Where you see a million failures, He sees a redemption story in the making.

Take this moment to ask God what lie you are believing about Him that’s holding you back from really knowing Him. We all have one we play in our heads. The Father knows your own heart better than you do, and He wants you to know Him too.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

Let yourself be loved today.

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