Most of our understanding of Father God comes from our experiences with our earthly fathers. If we had a kind, loving earthly father, we tend to see our heavenly Father the same. But if our earthly father was distant, unkind, or absent, we have a harder time seeing how God loves us. When our church ministers to people who struggled with their dads, we ask them to ask the Father what He thinks of them. The answers range from “ashamed” to “unworthy” to “He can’t see me.” These are lies planted by the enemy so God’s people will stay in bondage. How can you be free to see God as a good Father?Forgive your earthly father. Be specific. Ask the Lord to bring to mind any incidents that would cause you to harbor unforgiveness in your heart. Forgiveness sets us free, it doesn’t excuse behavior. Ask God to deal with the pain of the past, to reveal His truth to your heart and mind, and to help you to forgive.  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph 4:32)
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