JESUS, RESET MY FAMILY LEGACY
Jesus, remind me often of the love You have for me as my heavenly Father. Let my gratitude for how You love me empower me to strengthen and restore my relationship with my earthly father.
We each have personal images intricately tied to the tender yet powerful word father. For some, the visualization of father is an always-smiling, ready-to-embrace-you, tender man who instantly promotes feelings of joy and acceptance. Others remember the massive, outstretched hand that seemed to pull a never-ending supply of candy from his trouser pockets.
There are also those who hear the word father and conjure up images of a scowling, rumpled brow and disappointed from that seemed to cut the heart of a child desperately longing for expressions of his approval.
And finally, there are others who may simply draw a blank when they try to visualize a father. As empty as a fresh pack of computer paper, no matter how many pages they turn, the landscape is full of empty memories. No calls, no visits, no talks with dad.
No matter what impression the word father has left upon our heart, we are reminded of its significant presence in the pages of Scripture. We are lovingly exhorted to honor our Father in heaven and fathers on this earth (Deuteronomy 5:16). But how do we honor our father? This question is inevitable when one out of every three American children live in a home where their biological father is not present.
HOW DO WE HONOR OUR FATHER?
Some Ways Include:
~Take him out to dinner
~Thank him verbally for who is he, acknowledging his value
~Giving him a thoughtful Father’s Day gift
~Listening thoughtfully to his advice
~Speaking highly of him publicly
~Conversing in a respectful tone of voice
~Visit him often, give the gift of time
~Say “I love you” frequently
How to honor our father is a loaded question. Therefore, we must venture back to ask, “Why should we honor our father?” before we can answer the first. As Christians, we desire to live our life based on the truth of GOD’S Word. The Bible is our standard and foundation. When we wonder why we should honor our earthly fathers, we must first return to the Word of GOD and how it describes the perfect, admirable love of our heavenly Father.
Honoring the real God is the first step toward honoring our earthly fathers. And honoring God is easy when we are freed from any vision of a harsh, “finger-pointing” God and begin to see a gentle, loving, Father.
Our hearts are enamored by His unconditional love the more our knowledge of who He is increases. The more we come to know the true character of our heavenly Father, the more freedom we have as we look at our earthly fathers.
LEARN to Encounter Jesus
“And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20 NLT)
Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of the story of the prodigal son, but ask Him to refresh your experience of the Father in this well-known story. Read Luke 15:11-32, where the son demands his inheritance, lives a life of foolish choices, and then out of complete desperation and regret returns home to his father. Notice the father’s response. While the son was a long way off, the father saw him coming. Imagine the scene of a father who sits on the front porch, scanning the horizon, looking for any sign of his son returning home. You have a Father like that. He can’t wait to be with you, can’t wait to run off the front porch and embrace you. Pause for a moment and imagine the scene of the story, but this time, imagine Jesus running our to meet you. He is filled with love and compassion. He runs to you and embraces you because His heart is thrilled to call you His child.
What does it do to your heart to imagine a God who can’t wait to be with you? Tell the Father about your gratitude:
Heavenly Father, when I imagine that You are scanning the horizon because You can’t wait to be with me I feel…
When I imagine that You are running to meet me and embrace me with a heart of love and compassion, my heart is moved with gratitude because…
Today’s Key Takeaway: No Matter What Your Background, you can receive a Fresh Perspective of GOD as a Loving Father. This will help you embrace His desire for you to honor your father by honoring the Real GOD.
What other ways have you been able to honor your father? Do you have a testimony or story to share that may bless someone else in the healing process? We can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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