Today we celebrate our dad's on Father's Day.Some people may not have had the greatest dad relationship or had an absent dad or a broken family but our dad's our special both biological and adopted dads. Seems like moms get all the attention, but hey, without dads there are no moms. Profound isn't it?
A dad and a mom are crucial in raising a child and some may have had to conquer being both through no fault of their own. Dads we salute you. We thank you for working hard to provide for the family and at times not even being appreciated. We thank you for putting up with our rebellion. We thank you or loving us when we turned our backs on you.If you have been hurt by your father in whatever way do not harbor that in your heart. Ask God to heal your wounded heart and forgive you dad even if not in person but do it or perhaps he is deceased. You will not truly be able to live a life of peace and joy and walk with the Lord if you can not let go and forgive.God is our Father in heaven. Earthly dads have big shoes to fill trying to be the spiritual leader of the house. If you are a dad reading this are you teaching your children about God or leaving it up to the church? Deuteronomy 6:6-7(NIV) says 'These commandments I give you this day are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.' Also in Ephesians 5:5-6(NIV) says pertaining to your wife 'Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up to her, to make her holy cleansing her with washing of water through the word.'Men out there I interpret that to mean you should be praying for your wife and pray scripture over her.In the Bible God is called our Abba Father or daddy. Men have a big responsibility in trying to be more Christlike in leading your own life and that of your family. James 1:27(NIV) is a good verse to leave with and it says 'Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.'
Today go out and celebrate the gift of your dad. Forgive him for not being perfect and keep praying for him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you for my dad. He is to be honored not just on this special day but on every day. Help me to forgive if needed and to show love, honor, and respect. In Jesus' name. Amen.