Happy Father’s Day

I pray that all of our fathers at Logan Martin have a wonderful Father’s Day.  We are blessed with a great group of men who live the life and walk the walk of Christians.  It is such a blessing to see men who walk in accordance to the will of God and who lead their families on the path of righteousness.

It has often been stated that one of the greatest forms of flattery is imitation.  The greatest gift that the Christian father can receive is to have his children follow in his footsteps as he follows Christ.  When children are faithful to God then their father is able to enjoy peace and comfort beyond imagination.

I studied a course in diesel mechanics in which the instructor said, “you do not have to know everything about diesel mechanics but you better know the book in which the information is found.”  Fathers do not have to know everything but they better know the book where they can find the answer.  The book that holds the answers to life is the Bible.  God the Father gives the perfect example for earthly fathers to follow.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

The Heavenly Father teaches earthly fathers wonderful lessons about love, life and liberty.

Lessons about love.

Fathers must love.  To love properly one must know what love is and one must have an understanding of love.  The Heavenly Father loves His children; He rejoices when His children reciprocate His love and He is saddened when His children reject His love.  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not (I John 3:1).

As fathers, we are to love our children and we are to love our children as God loved us.  The greatest concern that God has for us is the salvation of our souls.  The greatest concern that we must have for our children is the salvation of their souls.

Lessons about life.

God the Father tells us, in His word, about life.  He shows that there are times when we will rejoice and there are times when we will weep.  God gives the answer of our origin, why we are here and where we are headed.  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (II Peter 1:3).

Through our lives, as fathers, we must set the examples before our children that teach them about life.  We must show that the only way to have the greatest life is by being a faithful child of God.

Lessons about liberty.

God the Father gives us liberty through Jesus Christ the Son.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:25).

Children normally seek liberty; let us show our children that true liberty is gained only by the Heavenly Father.

Let each father teach the lessons of love, life and liberty learned from the Heavenly Father.

 

                                                                                                          Tim

 

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