A Father’s Love vs. The Father’s Love
“There’s nothing like a father’s love,” they say. But what happens to those of us who never had a chance to experience it? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 4 children reported living without a father in the home in 2017. That’s nearly 20 million children!
We do not get to choose our family. While some people may have grown up with loving fathers in their households, others entered households with absent, distant, or abusive fathers. For the latter group, this could create an emotional void within oneself. The effects of this void often spill out beyond the four walls of the home, and could even contribute to high rates of crime, violence, generational poverty, low self-esteem, the unhealthy need for validation, and the lifelong torment of hurt and anger.
If you lacked a father-figure in your life, be encouraged! Know that you are strong and courageous, complete and whole, even without one. Fatherlessness doesn’t have to be a crutch (In Jesus Name) that keeps you from wholeness. In fact, there’s more love waiting for you than you’ll ever know.
Characteristics Of The Father
Our Heavenly Father, The Lord God, steps in as a father for those who feel abandoned, lonely and rejected (Psalm 68:5). Yes, you may have gotten your DNA from earthly parents, but it was your Heavenly Father who knitted you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). From the day you entered this world, God has had his hand on you. He wants you and considers you as a precious jewel. He makes it his duty to provide for your every need. He runs to you when you call out to him. He loved you so much that He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for you and save you from death (John
3:16). And not only does God claim you, He vows to protect you and guide you through life — all you have to do is stay close to Him (Matthew 6:31-33).
Doesn’t that sound like the most amazing
father ever? Well, you haven’t even heard the best part yet! The Lord said in Deuteronomy 31:6, that He will NEVER leave you or forsake you, no matter what. He promises to be by your side through any and everything you do or face. There’s nothing you can say, nowhere you can go, and nobody you can encounter that will make him take His love away from you (Romans 8:38). Now that’s the amazing difference between a father’s love and The Father’s Love.
Characteristics Of A Father
Jarid Barringer, Director Of Communications at The GO Church, said that becoming a father showed him the depths of God’s Fatherly love:
“I became a father a year later [after marriage] and experienced the love of God on a totally different level. Being a father has been the expression and manifestation of my love with the church, or my bride (my wife). It is the best way I can explain it—an expressed love. It gives me greater insight into what my relationship with my heavenly Father is. It shows me how forgiving, merciful, and patient I am with my own children, and in turn, that anthropomorphizes (ascribes God with human qualities) the incomprehensible, unfathomable love of God.”
In Psalms 103:13 King David says, “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.” So it can be said that fatherhood on earth should mirror the fatherhood we receive from heaven. As we all learn more about The Father’s Love, it should teach us new and improved ways to give and receive A Father’s Love. God-led fathers are charged with embracing God’s Fatherhood, first, and then embodying that love to raise the next generation to be better men (Proverbs 22:6).
Senior Pastor Cornelius Lindsey has become a role model of fatherhood to many. Here, he explains why he takes it so seriously:
“I know that the pressing need of this hour in this young century that we’ve been given breath is for every father to take hold of his responsibility and extend that covering, love, assurance and, most importantly, his God-given ability to bestow a father’s blessing to the fatherless children around them. We cannot be selfish; we must cover, bless and speak life into every child for which we have the capacity to oversee. It’s our righteous duty as men, who’ve been graciously called by our wonderful God, to restore legacies and rebuild broken generations. We are the repairers of the breach.”
Becoming The Leader Of The Home
First Timothy 3:5 says, “For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” No longer will our men be absent fathers. No longer will our men be ill-prepared for the title of “head of household.” Instead, our men will love as God loves. At The GO, we’re establishing a culture where men are great leaders in the faith — displaying servant leadership, Godly sacrifice and Godly love in our service ministries and Dream Teams. But, over everything, GO men are commissioned to be great leaders in their homes.
If you are a man who’s an aspiring father or current father, we urge you to be a lifelong student of God’s love. The GO has plenty of ways for men to grow their leadership skills and become more active participants in their homes. Check out some resources we offer below:
Join hundreds of like-minded men for an extended weekend of fellowship, teaching, and encouragement in Miami, Florida, July 25- 27, 2019. Dynamic speakers include Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Titans. Prepare for intriguing sessions and opportunities to network your way into your next level.
Pastor Cornelius Lindsey has developed strategic plans to address six common areas of need for the Godly man. Gather together with brothers who can support you, as you all develop a plan to attack life head-on with a coach to walk you through this process.
Looking to grow in ministry business and purpose? Are you engaged and looking to create an action plan for your upcoming marriage? Are you looking to create a spiritual home and raise children with purpose? Sit down with Pastor Cornelius for a one-on-one strategy session answer your most paralyzing questions and build your legacy.
How Will You Love, Moving Forward?
A father’s love is great, but The Father’s Love is life changing. No matter what environment you grew up in or find yourself in now, The Father’s Love is what will fill the voids that have remained vacant in your life. Pass down God’s love to your family and the following generations. It’s the only way we can heal as a community. Remember, change takes consistent action. We invite men to take the first step of God-driven leadership by bringing their families to church. There’s no easier way to improve your family dynamic than by joining a larger one.
Come sit with us during one of our worship services on Sunday, June 16, 2019. It’s our special Father’s Day service — and we’ll have a special treat for you!