A Father’s Love



Key Bible Verse: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.” (John 10:27-28)

Dig Deeper: John 10:11-30

One time when I was sleeping in, the scurrying of little feet in the kitchen aroused my curiosity, and I rose out of bed to head downstairs. I found [my daughter] Izabelle hiding behind a mountain of soggy paper towels. I called out for her, and at first she didn’t answer. Once again I called out for her, and this time all she did was begin to cry out loud.

I walked over to her and gave her a hug, which made her start crying harder! Befuddled, I asked her what was wrong. “I just wanted to surprise you by making breakfast for you,” she said, “and I spilled the orange juice and made a mistake and couldn’t clean it up before you came into the kitchen.” I looked her in the eyes and said, “Baby girl, it was just a mistake. Everything is fine. Now, let’s both clean up this mess.” Her tears stopped as I began to wipe them away. We cleaned up the mess and enjoyed a nice meal together, just the two of us.

That moment will forever be etched in my mind because I realized that this is how my loving heavenly Father responds to me when I make an honest mistake or even blatantly disobey him. God’s love for me does not increase when I do right or decrease when I do wrong.

– D. A. Horton in Bound to be Free

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