The Father’s Love
20 JUNE 2021 | TRADITIONAL SERVICE
Rev Chia Chin Nam
Scripture Passage: John 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
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Summary | Jn 1:12 states “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God”. We did nothing deserving of our Father’s sacrificial love, yet by His grace through faith we become His children (Jn 3:16, Rm5:6-8). Relating to God as our Father helps us in the ups and downs of life. We seek forgiveness when we stumble and know that He forgives us when we are truly repentant. We can confide in our heavenly Father our hurts and frustrations because He understands our pain and comfort us (Psalm 103:13 ESV).
Some questions to pause and ponder:
- How is God as Father to you?
- What adjectives do you use to describe Him?
- What to say to our Father about how you are doing in the current situation caused by the pandemic?
Some people find it hard to relate to God as our loving heavenly Father because their experience with their earthly fathers has given them a distorted picture of God as Father. It is important for us to know God for who He really is than who we think He is.
In 1989, an earthquake in Armenia razed many buildings including a school. A father of one of the students persisted in digging through the rubble and finally managed to rescue his son at the 38th hour. His son remembered his father’s promise that he (the father) would always be there for him (the son) in the same way, God our Father kept His promise to send His Son to save us. His sacrifice is unmatched by any earthly father. God is love and His love for us is perfect.. (1 Jn 4:16-18). When we relate to Him as our Father and experience His perfect love, we are no longer slaves to our fears, but will overcome them and be renewed in our strength even in the most difficult circumstances. The apostle John calls us to consider God’s amazing love giving us legitimacy as God’s family member and ponder its significance (1 Jn 3:1). The Bible commentator Burdick explains why our Father’s love is so amazing: “God loves the sinner, not because He is drawn to him by his lovableness, but because, in spite of man’s unloveliness, God sets His mind and will on seeking man’s highest good. This is what is amazing about God’s love.”
Two thoughts from Ps Chin Nam’s reflection on the perfect and amazing love of our Father:
- The Father’s love compels us to imitate Him (Eph 5:1-2). Do we intentionally imitate our Father’s love as a way of life every day? How will that look like at home, workplace and church?
- The Father’s love constantly calls out to His children to find refuge in Him. King David’s cries to God recorded in many of the psalms reveal how he found refuge in God during intense hardship and persecution.
God is our refuge and strong tower. Run to Him as His child with full confidence to find help in His loving embrace.
(Sermon Notes by Woo Choi Yin)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. How is God as a Father to you? What adjectives can you use to describe Him?
2. What would you say to the Father about how you are doing in this current situation caused by the pandemic?
3. Does the perfect and amazing love of the Father stir within you a sense of wonder, awe, and amazement? Why?
4. What is it about the Father’s love that continually draws you to His Son and transforms you?
5. Do you intentionally imitate the Father’s love for others as a way of life? How will that look like at home, in church or the workplace?