This month's Thankful Thursday hostess, Laurie at Women Taking a Stand, says: "In a few days we will honor our earthly fathers, and I hope that you have some godly attributes passed down to you from your father, but the eyes of the Father that I speak of is not the genetic color passed down ...but it is the love, the peace, the joy and the grace that can be seen thru the eyes of our Heavenly Father. When people see you ....do they see the family resemblance?"
When I was growing up, people always told me that I looked like my father. In fact, it happened so often that the rare times that anyone ever told me I looked like my mother's side of the family, I would be amazed!
How much more important that people would think that I looked like my heavenly Father! Sadly, I have not had people come up to me and say I look like Him. Actually, I've never went up to anyone and said "You look like God," even though I have met some who certainly modeled Godly characteristics.
I think the greatest way people can know that we belong to Him is to show love to one another. After all, God is love. We should be love, too.
1 John 3:10 NIV tells us who the children of God are:
"This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother"
Love should be the marker of family resemblance!
Today, I'm thankful that God loves me. I know I'm not worthy of His love, but He lavishes love on me anyway! What more can we ask than that?
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! ..." 1 John 3:1 NIV
To read other thankful hearts, visit Laurie at Women Taking a Stand.