by Brian Goslee
As sons of God, we can enjoy a great relationship with our heavenly Father and learn some things that we can transfer to our roles as dads.
God extends unconditional love and complete forgiveness to us. We are grateful for His mercy, grace, and forgiveness of our sins. God does not like it when we sin, because it takes us away from Him; it moves us in the wrong direction. But if we change direction and ask forgiveness, He will forgive us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV)
In a similar way, our own sons and daughters benefit from experiencing our unconditional love and our forgiveness. Jesus taught us to pray, "forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us" (Matthew 6:12 NLT). Sometimes, it is our kids who sin against us and we need to show forgiveness, rather than create a spirit of condemnation. Yes, we need to teach and to provide discipline; but we ALSO need to love and forgive.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1 NLT)
My encouragement for all of us is to truly experience and accept the unconditional love and forgiveness of our heavenly Father.
Let us really believe it, really accept it, and then extend that same love and forgiveness to our own children.
Brian Goslee is the Director of Programs & Outreach at Encouraging Dads. He is active as a speaker, writer, and minister. He's been married to his amazing wife Andrea for 27 years and they have two great children, ages 22 and 21. You can connect with Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is the author of Changed Through Faith: Four Steps to Activating a Life of Peace, Purpose & Fulfillment. You can learn more about Brian at ctfaith.com.