The Nicene Creed proclaims God as the Father. Think about the relationship between a father and child. This type of relationship should have depth and be full of love and care. God is our heavenly Father. We are His children, and God loves us as His own. God chose you to be His child. His love for you runs deep. Out of the joy of being your Father, God’s care for you overflows and greatly extends beyond any form of humanly care.God desires an intimate relationship with you. Through this Father-child, relationship, we experience God’s character. He is a personal God who invites us into a loving, caring, kind, and respectful child-parent relationship. As our Heavenly Father, God provides, protects, guides, disciplines, teaches, and uplifts us.
Isaiah 64:8 says, “But now, oh Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay,and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” God is the father
of all. We are His children and the work of His hand.
God has adopted us into His family! We are heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. Romans 8:14–17 says, For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Let this powerful truth sink deep within your heart.
Adoption is a deep and selfless act of love. Your God loves you so much that He has adopted you into His family. It is official. Galatians 4:4–7 says, But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Sprit all affirm our adoption into the family of God. Christ’s life, death, and resurrection made our adoption possible, and God lovingly accepts us with open arms. The Spirit reminds us that we can cry out, “Abba! Father!” to the most High God. Our adoption into God’s family has freed us from fear and a life of slavery.
For some of us, the word father sparks difficult thoughts, emotions, and wounds due to a unloving relationship with an earthly father. This is extremely difficult, and it breaks our heavenly Father’s heart. God wants something different for you—something so much better, greater, deeper, richer. As your Father, He wants to love and care for you deeply.