“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
–Ephesians 6:2-3 NKJV
Whether you call him Dad, Papa, Pops, or Father, his role as head of the home demands selfless sacrifices with big responsibilities. God commissions a father to care for the children entrusted to him, to teach them God’s ways—leading by example. Today is a great day to show love and respect for your father with a card, gift, or words of gratitude and affirmation.
But today may be challenging for you. Perhaps your father didn’t fulfill his responsibilities as he should have or was abusive. Maybe you grew up without a father, or he’s no longer living. You may feel fatherless.
Whether your father is one of the best or fell short, there’s a perfect Dad waiting to embrace you as His own. His name is God the Father. He’s good and full of unconditional love. He wants to adopt you and make you a King’s kid. If you don’t know the Father, ask Jesus to introduce you to His. God promises this, “I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters.”
Let’s honor our heavenly Father today by honoring our earthly dads. Love, respect, pray, and forgive them when needed. And dads—Happy Father’s Day!
- Ask God to be your Father and to reveal and demonstrate His love, care, and protection in new ways.
- Forgive your earthly father for any hurts or disappointments he caused. Ask Jesus to guide your father with love and wisdom.