Happy Father’s Day, God! Thank You for showing fathers everywhere how to be godly fathers, even when so many have not had fatherly guidance in learning how to love their sons and daughters the way You intended. Some fathers have abandoned, some fathers have neglected, some fathers have tried, some fathers have taught, some fathers have listened, some fathers have helped, some fathers have provided, some fathers have learned, and some fathers have loved. But You, Father God, sacrificed Your own son, so that our sins, and the sins of our fathers, and the sins of our forefathers, can be forgiven.
Your love is beyond measure. Your love is beyond understanding. Your love is eternal. Only Your love can fill the void that occurs, when death takes our beloved fathers. Only Your love can heal the pain inflicted by our imperfect fathers, who need to repent and receive Your forgiveness. Only Your love can find its way towards healing the deepest wounds, of those fathers who have lost their precious children. No gift we could give, will ever repay You for Your ultimate sacrifice, or even begin to show You how grateful we are for Your love.
What gives You the greatest joy, is when we accept Your free gift of salvation, by asking Jesus into our hearts, and repenting of our sins. We can then tell others how to find freedom and eternal life through Your son, Jesus Christ. This is also the only way we can be reunited with our earthly fathers in Heaven some day; where our fathers will be healed and whole, and made new, through You! Happy Father’s Day, God! I’m so grateful, and filled with joy, to be your child!
Do you ever wonder why some people seem to have tons of connections, yet a closer look reveals shallow friendships with no real foundation? That’s because true interest can only grow from a solid investment. Some of these busy relationships are more about promoting self, and selfish interests, rather than steering friends and acquaintances towards eternal life through Jesus. Others people seem to have deeper connections, and though they cannot get together with friends as often, they have closer, fulfilling relationships with friends and loved ones. Taking time to really get to know people and encourage them on their walk with Jesus, is a spiritual investment. It yields a return of blessings from God, including the greatest blessing: salvation of souls. Salvation results in eternal life in Heaven with our loved ones and friends who have accepted Jesus. Investing in Jesus, goes beyond any return we can get from investing money in the bank.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt. 6: 19-21 NIV
Have you ever been in a situation, where someone made you choose between two friends, or two loved ones? Some people
might actually tell you that you must choose between them or someone else. Other people may use subtle forms of manipulation and control, such as lies and gossip, in order to make you feel you must make a choice. If you don’t want to be a puppet, choose Jesus! He speaks only truth. He never steers us in the wrong direction. Jesus can be trusted to show us how to avoid being deceived by people. Jesus also helps us to make wise decisions about the people we choose to have in our lives.