Hello, Help Club Mamas!
The love of God! Does it get any more beautiful, wonderful, and never-ending than that? Can we even grasp its greatness? God’s great love is illustrated many times for us in the Bible—our source of Truth. One of the most quoted verses is, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Also, in Romans 5:8 (NLT), “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Additionally, in 1 John 4:16 (ESV), “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
Now is the time for each of us to ponder the concept of abiding in God’s great love for us! Take a moment to reflect on “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18).
One way to help us see God’s love for us is to change our perspective on how we view Him. Is He a far-off, abstract “being” that just oversees our life, or is He closer, nearer to us, with us—as our Father, our Daddy?
Ironically, it was during a conversation I had with my own dad that I began to grasp this concept of God as my Father, my Daddy. We discussed how there are times when we call out to God and may use different names for Him: Jesus, Lord, Father, Abba, etc. Then, it dawned on me, we cry out to Him at times just as a child does for its parents: Mom, Mama, Mommmmyyyy. As mothers, we know that each of those names, and the way they are said, mean something different. We can tell when our children are sad, hurt, happy, or fearful.
Isn’t it time we converse with God this way? Call out to Him: “Daddddyyy I need you…” or “Dad, I think I may have just messed up.” God becomes closer to us this way. We begin to view Him as someone who understands us, and someone who we can depend on when we need comforting, advice, and yes, love. In Jesus’ own words in Matthew 6:8b (NLT), “…for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
No matter what our relationship is like with our earthly father, our heavenly Father wants to have our love and know us! After all, we are called in John 15:9 (ESV) to abide in His love, and the way we do that is to explore the depths of our Father’s great love for us.
Blessings and love,
Kristall Willis and the Help Club for Moms Team
“There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” Henry Ward Beecher