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Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)
TITLE: Fatherly Love
By Karye Willard
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There is one characteristic of my human father, however, that troubles me greatly -- his impatience. He can be impatient about everything, but especially about control (usually physical or emotional). Sometimes, I would like to remind him that God, the heavenly Father, has total control over everything, and we need not be impatient at our lack of it. Our impatience seems to show a very faithless attitude. However, I occasionally need to be reminded of this too. I can be very much like my human father, becoming impatient, especially when I see or hear someone else showing a lack of patience.
Fortunately, my heavenly Father is always attentive to what is happening to me, too. When my human father is acting very impatient and I am becoming impatient with him, my heavenly Father reminds me that I belong to Him because of Jesus Christ the Lord and I should act like Him. In 1 John 4:8 (NIV) the apostle John writes, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Jesus Christ says, in John 13:34-35 (NIV), ‘"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."’ Love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV), however, 1 Corinthians 13:4 begins with, “Love is patient…” Obviously, impatience is not love. In fact, it is the exact opposite of love.
“So, how do I stop feeling impatient?” I questioned the heavenly Father. “Give me your impatience,” He whispered quietly. That was it -- now when I feel impatient I give it to the Lord. Sometimes it helps to actually to visualize that I am handing over my impatience at the foot of the cross. It is funny to note that my human father, with some serious help from the heavenly Father, did push me to learn more about how to deal with my impatience.
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