The Heart of a Father...

From the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi 4:6 ~ we read;

And he (speaking of Elijah the prophet) shall turn the heart of the Fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

Then we find for the next 400 years absolute silence until we have Jesus, born of a Virgin, sent by the love of God, to be the very expression of a Father to mankind. He came to turn the hearts of man back to the heart of the Heavenly Father, so every Father on earth could express the Heavenly Fathers nature in all they do and say.  All hearts turned because of love and rightness.   

Ephesians tells us all Fatherhood derives its name and nature from the Heavenly Father and only Jesus Christ can make a man look and act like our Him. As the exact imprint of God, Jesus went doing good,  teaching, preaching about His Father and showing His nature.  Demonstrating goodness, Jesus begins His work of freeing man from sorrow, brokenness, blindness and captivity, Luke 4:18. 

God, as a Father, is looking for his children to come home. The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11 gives us a wonderful picture of the heart of God as Father.  Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by me.  John 14:6 . When we come to Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Saviour,  the Holy Spirit begins His work and our hearts cry, Father!  The very nature of a right, loving, Father begins working in us by His Holy Spirit.  

We have commands in the New Testament that instruct us on how to parent.  How to love.  How to live right and be just in all our dealings with family and friends.  A sign of the last days from Timothys epistle is children being disobedient to their parents and lawless in their nature. Since the church is the pillar and ground of truth, we must manifest the nature of our Father in Heaven in all we do and say in our homes. As we do, we are promised a godly seed remaining on this earth, one that is not polluted with the world or contaminated with religion.

May we live in such fellowship with Him that we are able to express His ways, His mind and His nature when dealing with every circumstance found in family.