Why We Can Call God "Daddy" - Abba Father - Galatians 4:6

Romans 8:15-16, meaning of Abba, Abba Father
My mother called her father “Daddy” her whole life, even when she was a grandmother.

She hadn’t been “dependent” on her earthly father for decades, but her use of “Daddy” showed a childlike respect, sweetness, affection, and honor.

The use of "Abba" is similar.

"The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." Romans 8:15-16

Abba translates “Daddy” or “Papa” – a term of endearment and childlike dependence. We also find it used in Galatians 4:6 and Mark 14:36.

God chose to relate to us as a perfect Daddy who, like good earthly fathers, gives us things that are good for us (Matthew 7:7-11), lovingly disciplines us (Hebrews 12:4-11), has compassion on us (Psalm 103:13), and cherishes us (Matthew 6:26).

When we become Christians, we have a God so approachable that we can call Him “Daddy” (Galatians 4:6). I find that amazing!


  1. I was "disowned" by my earthly father at the age of 23. I had been adopted by my Heavenly Father two years later. I thank him for making me his child through Jesus, his Son. I can't imagine my life without him! He is my joy, my strength.

    1. I'm so sorry about the rejection of your earthly father and so glad we were both adopted into the family of our Heavenly Father! : )

  2. I have always been a, "Daddy's Girl". In fact, that's our song. Daddy's Girl, by Red Sovine. He was loving yet strict, as a child. I call him, Poppy, to this day. I am so very thankful for a loving, yet strict, Heavenly Father. Who loves me and looks out for me, at all times. Poppy and I have both, lovingly and with great respect, call Him, Big Poppa!

  3. What a sweet tribute to your heavenly Father and your earthly father, Shawn!


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