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Honor Your Father

“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 (NLT)

Honoring our parents is one of the Ten Commandments the Lord gave Moses as He led God’s people through the desert, on their way to the land He had promised to give them. Giving honor to our parents is something we should do every day of our lives. In the United States, two special days have been set aside to remind us of this. Mother’s Day happens in May and Father’s Day is just around the corner.

This is the day we set aside to thank our earthly fathers for all they have done for us. For all the things they fixed and rides they gave. For showing us how to swing a bat or ride our bikes. For tying our shoes and helping with homework and listening to our problems. For providing for us. Fathers are a special gift given to us from God.

I know that there are many of you whose father will not be with them this Father’s Day. But we can still honor our fathers on this day by showing them our respect, giving them unconditional love, showing them forgiveness, praying for them.

Honoring your father means much more than funny cards or crazy ties or backyard barbecues. It means loving them just where they are, just as they are. It means praying that the Lord will protect them and guide them along life’s path. It means never giving up on them.

Do you know the story of the Prodigal Son? This story is often called “The Parable of the Loving Father.” It is the story of a man who went away from his family to live like he thought he wanted to live. But more than the story of the one who went away, it is the story of the one who waited patiently, expectantly, for his return. It is a story of prayer, watchfulness, perseverance, and most of all, forgiveness.

“So he returned home to his father. 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. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.” Luke 15:20-24 (NLT)

What a wonderful story Jesus told! Can you imagine how that father prayed for his son? Can’t you just see him walking to the end of the property day after day, looking, hoping, watching for his son to return? Can you imagine his joy as he saw dust kicked up on the road a long way off and his missing son in the midst of it? What if that father had quit praying? What if he had refused to forgive his son? What if he had given up looking for him?

The father in this story is just like our Heavenly Father. Jesus had a special name for Him. He called him Abba which in His language means Father. Just as Jesus’ Abba watched over Him, so our Heavenly Father watches over us. He is always faithful, always persevering, always loving, always forgiving. He wants us to do the same for others.

Do you want to give your dad a very special gift this Father’s Day? Then pray for them, forgive them, love them and never give up on them, whether they are with you on that day or not. Fathers ARE a special gift from God.

The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13 (NLT)

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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