I am a youth leader at my church. I love our kids. But many of them come from broken homes or divorced families. It breaks my heart how this effects our kids. I know all too well because I came from one of those families. We have kids that their self-esteem is torn. Parents don’t take the time to listen to the needs of their own children. They just walk life never thinking about how their actions take affect. And it’s why many if them act out. We see this in society today. I became a youth leader to help our kids have someone they could talk to because I never had that.
I say all of that to set the stage. And I think it’s important talk about these things. Especially to the generation that wasnt raised to understand God’s nature. How could they? It’s hard for them to understand how family dynamics should be because they never had an example.
I am reading a book written by Jennifer LeClaire and something really stood out to me.
God is not looking for opportunities to judge and condemn people. He is
looking for opportunities to love and
The book goes on about how God is like a father. So true! Much like a father, God is not looking to punish His children when they mess up. He’d rather reward you when you get something right.
Now that is not to say that God doesn’t send us correction. He gives us chances to turn from the wrong path but if we continue on the wrong path then you could say He grounds us.
God’s heart desires to bless His children. Fathers don’t want to tell their kids over and over not to do something. They would rather celebrate their children when they get something right and comfort them in their time of need.
The Father’s love for you is greater then you could even imagine. You are His adoptive child. You are family to Him.
- I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. – 2 Corinthians 6:18 & 2 Samuel 7:14
- The Father guarded him as the apple of his eye. – Deuteronomy 32:10
- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor (or Comforter) to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth. – John 14:16
- A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing. – Psalm 68:5-6