“You don’t have to be perfect for me to love you. You are special to me, just the way you are” — words we all long to hear from our fathers.
Dads have this magical quality about them. Without even trying, their love and acceptance unlock a whole world for those on the receiving end. Their words and actions shape much of our reality. They seem to be inescapable indicators that we internalize as we determine if we are worthy, accepted and loved.
I’m sure you can think of all the times you did, or didn’t, receive this affirmation. For many, our dads did the best they knew how, but they never learned how to express this kind of acceptance and affirmation because they themselves never received such love. The negative impact they had may have been lasting, but it doesn’t have to permanent.
Whether we received this love from our fathers growing up or are still grappling with the wounds of feeling unloved or unwanted, there is better for us. There has always been and always will be a Father that loves us without limits. And the best part is, He loves us because He loves us, because He loves us, because He loves us… He loves because He is love (1 John 4:16). That means it’s never-ending because it’s His DNA. He is so much better than we could think, ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).
Even if we grasp this in our minds, it can be difficult to believe it in our hearts. If that’s you, here are three tips to help you experience the Father’s love this Father’s Day:
1. “Any area that isn’t glistening with hope is tainted with a lie”
Recognize what is stopping you from receiving His love. Steve Backlund is the master and author of this quote. I love it! The enemy can never come as hope — only God can (John 10:10). If you read verses like Matthew 7:10, “How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” and believe that this somehow doesn’t extend to you, you, my friend, need hope in this area. Being able to believe and trust His truth is a powerful way to feel His love.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Mary Ashbaucher