14th November 2011

The Father Has Many Children

“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven…”
Matthew 6:9 (TNIV)

During World War 2, an Italian prisoner of war camp was established near the home town of my grandparents.

My grandmother, still in her teens, used to talk to the Italians. She told me that this act brought stern rebukes from neighbours. But my great grandmother came to her daughter’s defence: “All of these Italians are somebody’s son” was her reply. As most of the town had sons, brothers or fathers at war, this reply reminded everyone that they would want their captured relatives to be treated in a humane fashion.

This is a good principle to follow in life, but Christians are aware of something even deeper than this. We are not just the offspring of human parents; we all are the children of God. Time and time again, Jesus points us towards God as our true Father.

God accepts his parentage of us, whatever our attitude towards him, and Jesus always affirms God’s acceptance of his responsibility towards us. In Matthew chapter 6, I counted the expression your Father” 12 times.

Our true parent sent Jesus to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). God truly does love us. He always has. He always will—and he has the great hope that you will respond in kind.

Prayer
Dear Father, thank you for your great love for all of us. All of us are your children and you have conquered the great enemy of death for our sake. How great thou art!
Amen

Study by Ian Woodley

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