A Father's Heart...

Posted by Major Dave on 9:19 AM in

Every now and then THE MESSAGE version of Scripture just NAILS it for me. Paul's description of his fatherly heart for the Corinthian believers is one of those passages (1 Cor. 4:14-16)

I'm not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I'm writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can't wait to tell you what you've done wrong, but there aren't many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God's Message to you that I became your father. I'm not, you know, asking you to do anything I'm not already doing myself.
As I read this I need to ask myself how I'm doing on the "fathering scale".... with my natural children, my spiritual sons and daughters, and with believers around me who are sometimes not all that I'd like them to be. How are you doing relative to this standard?



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