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(1) Father’s Day is a day set apart to celebrate fatherhood, recognizing the influence of fathers in our homes and society, and foster paternal bonds.

(2) It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our fathers and forefathers.

(3) While God’s Word is silent about any day being set aside specifically to honor fathers, the Bible does recognize a special place of honor for men who were leaders or examples of excellence in certain skills, such as Jabal, who was “the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock” and his brother Jubal, who was “the father of all who play the harp and flute” (Genesis 4:20-21).

(4) Also, when Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, God told him, “I have made you a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5), clearly indicating fatherhood as a place of honor in His eyes.

(5) Thus, even though the Bible does not mention a Father’s Day, we can clearly see that God does recognize the importance of fathers and even gave them special honor throughout history.

(6) Furthermore, we can follow this theme of fatherhood in the very person of God Himself through countless scriptures

Matthew 5:45 – so that you may become sons of your Father in Heaven. For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 6:9 – Therefore pray in this way: Our Father, who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Matthew 6:32 – For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.

(7) There are many instances that speak of Jesus Christ, the Son, honoring His Father and honoring the will of His Father

John 17:1 – Jesus spoke these words and lifted up His eyes to Heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that Your Son also may glorify You,

John 17:5 – And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

(8) The apostle Paul taught that to honor one’s earthly father is not only a commandment but the first commandment that, when obeyed, has a promise of things going well and living long on the earth. “Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3).

(9) In light of these verses, and many others, it would seem to be perfectly God-honoring to celebrate a day in which fathers, the God-given spiritual head of the family, could and should be honored. Ultimately, whether or not to celebrate a specific day or holiday is a matter of personal preference. We have the freedom to celebrate and the freedom not to celebrate if we so choose.

NB: I will be writing a special message given by Holy Spirit especially for fathers and husbands.


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