I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who was from the beginning.
I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.
I write to you , fathers, because you have known him who was from the beginning.
I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1 John 2:12-14
The apostle John knows something here that is very helpful for us as men. What he’s saying is that we are all in process, as men, as husbands, as fathers, as friends of others and friends of God. He’s saying that children know a few things; young men know a little more; and fathers know even more. There is a progression to our growth as men. Each of us is at a different point in the journey, and wherever we’re at on the journey…is OK.
God wants us to grow up. God is in the business of transforming our character into the likeness of Jesus Christ and restoring our lives. (2 Cor. 3:18) Your transformation might look different from another man, and the time it takes for transformation can certainly vary. I think God has been dealing with me on one issue in particular for over 10 years. And I’m learning a ton about being a father as I travel on my journey. I am a different man than I was when my children were born. I am being made into Christ’s likeness. Yet there remains more work to be done. That’s the way growth, spiritual growth, goes.
God is an amazingly kind, engaged, and loving Father. He is the Father of fatherhood. And he is our true Father. No matter what your earthly father was like, our Heavenly Father is better. He is best. And he sent his son Jesus to seek and save what was lost (Luke 19:10).
Some of you have lost your integrity. Some of you have lost hope. Some of you have lost your purity. Some of you, like me at times, have lost his cool when dealing with my kids. Some of you have lost heart. What we don’t need this Father’s Day is another list of “What I need to do to be a better father.” No, we need something more. We need to know that we have a loving, kind, and generous Father, who is in the business of restoring our integrity, our hope, our purity, our temper, and even restore our heart so we can love the way Jesus did. Without condition. Because Love is the point. You’ll love well if you know deep down you are loved well. Especially by your Dad.
And that is one gift that we simply can’t get enough of: God’s love…deep in our soul. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to love him back all the more, and give my life to listen and follow him in this journey as a real man.
So, my brothers, my hope for you is that you will know his great love for you…and that you will pass on that love to your children, your wife, and even your earthly father this Father’s Day and all through the year.
You are good men, with good hearts! Blessings and Favor to you and your household.