6. Honor Him Because It Affects Your Relationship with God as Your Father
How you view your earthly father affects your relationship to God as your Father. If you are dishonoring your earthly dad, it’s may indicate rebellion and unforgiveness in your heart, keeping you from a closer relationship with God.
It’s okay to acknowledge your father’s faults, but when you do, try to remember, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven,” Luke 6:37.
You may want to consider if maybe your dad did the best he knew how to do as a father. Men deal with their own insecurities, inabilities, fears, and hurts. Add to this being born with a sin nature with it’s immaturity, selfishness, and more.
Sadly, many men are unprepared and ill-equipped for fatherhood, especially if they didn’t have a dad who taught them how to be a father.
The “Long Lost Family” TV program documents individuals reconnecting with family members after years of separation. In cases of estranged fathers, many men realize later in life what they lost. Coming to grasp with how they failed their children often brings much regret and sorrow for the ways they messed up. So much so, that some choose not to reach out to their children, feeling they don’t deserve to be a part of their lives or believe they’ll be rejected.
If you feel like your father got away with mistreating you and is not being held responsible for his behavior and actions, take comfort in knowing God is just and promises to make all things right ( Revelations 21:5).
Look forward to the day when God will wipe every tear from your eyes and there will be no more crying or pain ( Revelations 21:4).
God doesn’t excuse a father’s sinful behaviors or actions. He is the authority over your father, and He will deal with him. It’s not your responsibility to correct your dad.
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