Honoring Dad

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If you’re a father, today you might get another “interesting” tie or a wild t-shirt. Or your kids might do something for you to help you feel like something special. Soak it all in, because you deserve it and it’s good for your children to honor you. 

But as you’re celebrating, don’t forget that you’re also a son, and it’s good for you to honor your father. There is something in us, written on our hearts, that says, “‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise—‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:3-4). In this passage, the apostle Paul is quoting from the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament (Exodus 20:12). 

For all of us, whether young or old, your father deserves your honor and appreciation for all he means to you. We do this even if you feel that he has failed you. Honoring him doesn’t mean endorsing his bad behavior or abuse. Instead, you’re choosing to place great value on your relationship with him, recognizing the good he has done and taking initiative to improve the relationship. 

If you do this, forgiving him for his faults, you will find it easier to cope with the issues of life. I truly believe that is one of the many ways that the promise of long life is fulfilled. 

To all our fathers, Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy it today as we honor our Heavenly Father in worship.

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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