My parents divorced when I was two years old. I lived with my Mom, but had visitation rights with my Dad every other weekend. Eventually, he was the coach on every sports team in which I participated. It was his way of spending more time with me.
My definition of a father looked a lot like the definition of a coach. He was the instructor, and I worked really hard to make my Dad proud. I wanted him to love me, and I didn’t want to disappoint him.
When I was in middle school, I started attending church and learning more about our Heavenly Father. Due to my warped definition of a father, I assumed working hard would make God love me more, and that it would make Him proud. As I continued to mature in my relationship with Jesus, I understood that God loves me, but not because of my hard work. Romans 5:8 tells us that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
I was reminded of His love when my wife, Robin, and I had our two children, Grace and Canon. As I looked into the faces of each of our babies, I knew I loved them. No amount of hard work could make me love them more. I love them unconditionally.
May we be reminded of His love on this Father’s Day. God loves you with an unconditional love. To know God is to know love in its truest form, because He is love. Love isn’t something He gives, nor is it something He feels. It is who He is. Our Heavenly Father’s love is limitless and has the power to set us free from every hurt, sin, and broken relationship that causes us to live anything less than an abundant life (John 10:10).
May we experience the freedom that comes with a true revelation of God’s unconditional and unceasing love for us this Father’s Day.