Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious [scrupulously observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren).
Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.
God is reconciling our hearts back to Himself.
He is our first love.
He does not play favorites.
His love does not discriminate.
His boundless love is freely available to all that come to Him.
What we have in our country, in our world, is a fatherless generation.
A generation devoid of fathers in the natural and the spiritual.
Who can we look up to?
Where are our role models?
For too long, those in power abuse their power for selfish gain and gratification.
This will not stand.
For anything that is not built upon the revelation of Jesus Christ as Lord is sinking sand.
We must examine our ways and test them.
Then, we must return to the Lord.
How many of our ways are the fallen ways of our ancestors?
How many of our ways are the misguided ways of our denominational or theological prejudices?
How much of our life is a complete waste, completely devoid of the life of Christ?
Every struggle, every challenge, every hardship is an opportunity to overcome.
Should we shrink back in fear when things don’t go as planned or imagined?
Longsuffering works patience and patience produces character.
The question is what are we suffering for?
Are we suffering to conform ourselves to the image of the world and its carnal desires?
Are we suffering to further our selfish ambition and pride?
Or are we suffering for Christ and His Church?
To those who call upon the name of Christ, God is their Father.
“Do not call anyone on earth [who guides you spiritually] your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not let yourselves be called leaders or teachers; for One is your Leader (Teacher), the Christ. But the greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be raised to honor.”
We have One Father in Heaven.
He disciplines those that He loves.
Do not despise the process of sanctification.
It’s not just for your benefit, but everyone else’s as well.
By our example, and by our words, may the whole world hear that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of all.
Be of good cheer, children of God, your Father in Heaven loves you.
He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for your sins.
Be reconciled to God through Christ Jesus.
Believe and receive the Holy Spirit of God.
There is one God, one faith, one baptism.
We, who believe, are hidden in Christ.
It is not I who live, but Christ in me.