What does it mean that God is our Father?
Here's the answer:
We call God our "Father" because that’s what He is!
In the Old Testament, God is called the “Father” of Israel. He loved, cared for, taught, and commanded obedience from His children (Deuteronomy 32:6; Malachi 1:6). Every child has a physical father, and if we are very blessed, we learn how to see God as our Father through the love and teaching of our earthly fathers. Just like our earthly fathers, God loves us, cares for our needs, teaches us, and corrects us so that when we grow up into adults, we will obey Him and bring blessings to others and ourselves.
In the New Testament when people prayed they called God abba (Romans 8:15), which is like saying "daddy" or "papa." Jesus taught the disciples to pray, "Our Father" (Matthew 6:9–13) and it was a personal title that says that they had a relationship with God as their Father.
God created all people, but not all people are His children. Jesus said in order to be a child of God, one must be born again (John 3:3). Being born again means God saves us when we ask for forgiveness for our sins and believe in Jesus as our Savior. So, when we believe in Jesus, God is not just our creator; He is also our Father, and we are His beloved children.
"How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! Now we can be called children of God. And that’s what we really are!" (1 John 3:1).
"A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him" (Psalm 103:13).