A Father After God’s Own Heart

June 2011 - Cover Story
by P.C. White

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June 2011 - Cover Story

“Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:1-2 ESV).

Desire to imitate your heavenly Father has been growing in your mind and heart since you believed on Christ for salvation, and your passion is for your children to follow. You feel keenly the weight of your God-given opportunity as a father. At times, you shudder to think of the great power you possess in each child’s life – either building up or tearing down – depending on how well you imitate your heavenly Father.

Reading the Bible, you see a profoundly basic truth: God is a Father who desires to be known by His children. It is the underpinning of the entire written Word of God: who He is and what He has done. We need only believe on Him to receive eternal life (John 17:3). Yet God shows us so much more of Himself than the bare facts needed for salvation. As Christian fathers desire to be known by their children, they foster an intimate father-child relationship here on earth and the beginnings of intimacy with God in the soul of a child.

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