There are few things in life that bring more joy to a person than seeing their children grow and thrive.  To watch them from birth as they learn new things, begin to walk and talk, smile and laugh.  Caring, godly parents see this as a true blessing.  The love they feel for their children is a strong bond that cannot be compared to anything else in their lives. 

With that in mind, consider how deep the Heavenly Father’s love is for His children.  1 John 3:1  See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

As good parents desire good things for us, God desires that for us as well. Matthew 7:9-11  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in  heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Godly parents will also lovingly train and discipline their children:  Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

As the Heavenly Father does through His word: Hebrews 12:5-11  and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly  the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him; for those whom the lord loves he disciplines, and he scourges every son whom he receives.”  It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.  All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

We should honor and respect our earthly parents: Ephesians 6:1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  2  honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise) 3  So that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.

May we also honor and respect the Heavenly Father: Isaiah 64:8  But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.

His love for us is even deeper than the love we feel for our own children.  He desires the best for us and has indeed sent the best for us. Therefore, He deserves the best from us.  As we live and strive to serve the Heavenly Father, may He see us doing our absolute best each and every day to be pleasing to Him.