Father’s Day

Many places throughout the Bible we are told to Honor our Father and Mother. But for many, this is a most difficult thing to do. Maybe you didn’t even know your Dad. He abandoned your Mom early on and was absent most of your childhood…popping in a few times, but then disappearing only to reappear months or years later. You were then left with feelings of confusion, shame, and invalidation…wondering what you had done to make him leave. Or maybe your Dad was part of your family but very distant and unattached. You longed to have a relationship like everyone else had, but every time you tagged along…he shunned you. I can understand completely your reluctance to honor someone who has hurt you…but look at it from this angle. Romans 12:10 says, “Honor one another above yourselves.” This type of honoring is unselfish, self-sacrificing, and looking for the good in people despite what they’ve done to you honoring. It’s simply showing common respect, kindness, and decency from one human being to another…and that’s what God wants us all to do.

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