weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - June 13, 2023
The happiest and holiest children in the world are the children whose fathers succeed in winning both their tender affection and their reverential and loving fear. And they are the children who will come to understand most easily the mystery of the fatherhood of God. - John Piper
Many countries celebrate next Sunday as Father’s Day. This holiday focuses on thanking dads for their sacrifices and guidance. It is also a day for dads to reflect on the wonderful children who make them proud!
One day Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a high mountain; there they met Moses and Elijah. During their conversation, God the Father made a powerful Father’s Day pronouncement: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” (Matthew 17:5)
This simple statement not only demonstrated the Father’s love for His Son, it also provides several powerful parenting insights for dads (and moms).
It solidified their relationship. This is my beloved Son. (That’s my boy!) Let your children know you are thrilled that they are a part of your family.
It expressed love. Beloved Son. Tell your children you love them in word and deed.
It affirmed His approval. I am well pleased. Let your children know you are proud of their accomplishments.
It valued Jesus’ contributions. Listen to Him. Encourage others to appreciate your children’s insights and input.
Remember these lessons. They are from the only perfect Father we can trust and follow.
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc