As I look in the Scriptures, I see at least five characteristics of our Heavenly Father’s love.
First, a father CREATES.
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. (Genesis 2:7, NLT)
Our Father knows how weak we are. Why? Because He made us. He knows us intimately. He gave us life. But creating isn’t something that God just did once a long time ago in a land faraway.
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. (Isaiah 64:8, NLT)
He is still creating. He created you in your mother’s womb. He formed your personality, passions, and abilities. He decided what color hair you’d have and how tall you’d be. He’s forming your character, skills, and purpose right now. He created that air you just inhaled. He created those lungs that just exhaled. He created this very moment.
Men, you are created to create. But creating doesn’t end when your sperm fertilizes an egg. It may take a man to make a baby, but it takes a father to make a man. You were made to give life, not to take it.
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21, NLT)
Men, you have the ability to either create life in your children or to take it. Never under-estimate your impact and influence in your child’s life. Nobody has more power than you do. Like our heavenly Father, use that power for good. Your children are weak. You know that. You made them. So be tender and compassionate with them.
Here are some other ways you can “create life” in your children:
- Create Time. Is it quantity of time or quality time that really matters to our children? It’s both. I’ve never met a guy who said, “I wish I hadn’t spent so much time with my father.” Yes, I know, you’re busy. You can’t buy more time. You have to make time. You have to make time for ball games, choir concerts, fishing, sports, Legos and Barbie.
- Create Opportunities. Give your children different opportunities and experiences. Allow them to experience things you never did. Create opportunities where they can learn, grow, and experience life.
- Create Character. How do you create character? By modeling it. And you can only model character if you have good character. So don’t aim to be the kind of father you had. Commit to being the kind of father God is.