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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Of The Love of a Father

Updated on June 19, 2016

To teach brotherly love is a blessing running both ways.

Perhaps children are born with love and it is the father's duty to unveil it.
Perhaps children are born with love and it is the father's duty to unveil it. | Source

A braggadocios father.

Oh dear my friends this Sunday here in the US it is Father’s Day. In my mind it is children’s day. I have four really great children. I just cannot thank God enough for blessing me so greatly. Oh for sure there are burdens that go along with having children but I count them miniscule compared to the joy and hope that they bring me freely. On a daily basis I am called upon by one of them to help with an issue. I just cannot conceive of a greater honor and good feeling. To be called upon to help is such glorious gift.

My children are all exceptional, and not just in my eyes but I am told often that they are such in other’s eyes. Oh what a living tribute to their mother. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that my children do not ask what the community of man can do for them but rather what can they do for that community. Be clear that they are gifted in intellect, I think between my three oldest they have 3 dual degrees and one master’s degree. And they are daily looking for more knowledge. They have an enormous appetite for learning. But I count those as talents they were blessed with from birth. Their love and compassion and strong personal connection with their God is a choice they have made. And so I count those blessings above all others.

To be sure I have been married twice to two remarkable and wonderful ladies. The first marriage lasted about 13 years and my current is over 14 years. Sometimes to the chagrin of my current wife my first and I have a good relationship and enjoyed sharing in the raising of our children and now celebrate them. So I have three adult children and one who just this week graduated from kindergarten. Following in his older sibling’s footsteps he received honors and awards for his achievements in the school setting. He currently loves to “rescue” bugs and place them in safe places. His mother hates/fears creepy crawly things and I am ambivalent toward them but acknowledge and appreciate how each has a niche in making our environment more stable and healthy. So my son came up with this compassion for creatures all on his own. He is headed down the good path of life.

There is no better gift than to be the wind beneath a child's wings.

Sometimes I think that love for a sibling is what we are born with.

I wonder if it is even possible for a father to teach love. Perhaps the best we can do is get out of it's way.
I wonder if it is even possible for a father to teach love. Perhaps the best we can do is get out of it's way. | Source

Do both The Father and the father raise the child?

Oh my how boring that first section is. A father bragging about his children. But believe it or not there is method to my madness. I pretty much firmly believe that we are children of our creator. The concept just fits. As mother and father create the flesh so has God already blessed them with talents and a soul. Have no doubt that it is a father’s job to help his children navigate through the choppy waters and help the child realize their gifts. And it is his responsibility to help build the character traits that will have his children be contributing members of the society of earth. But the children must first be taught to take directive information and use it for the greatest good.

Don’t the lines between our heavenly father and our earthly father kind of get blurred? Kind of like a father is to emulate the heavenly father, so that the child may also emulate their father. Of course that is the difficult part for a father, to teach by example. This notion of “do as I say and not what I do” is really a load of garbage. We fathers must do our best to follow the example of our Father in heaven. As a man cannot raise a child without the mother, so it is that a father cannot raise a child without The Father. Oh sure one can provide clothes, shelter, food and safety but that is the easy part. Leading the way through the subjects of morality, love, connection with their God, a strong work ethic and compassion are the hard tasks at hand. And so it is the same for our Father in heaven. There is also the tricky part of allowing the child to achieve on their own and not interfering with the natural flow of things. Boy that pointing in the right direction and then “hands off” is really hard. Knowing when to let go as you teach a child to ride a bike is nerve racking.

Perhaps it does take a village to raise a child but only if it is a community of love.

Here is one of the really cool parts of being a dad. In raising a child you raise up yourself. You can never stop growing with your child. What example would that set? Even in our dotage we must press ourselves to be better. We must grow and learn new things or often in my case old things again. You cannot give freely of something you do not have. Aside from love and compassion isn’t the thirst for a greater understanding the best gift a father can give their child?

One of the toughest things to teach a child is to always question. Teaching them to follow direction is easy compared to this. I teach my children to question and they question respectfully. But the problem there is that they question you! How many times was I tempted to just say, “because I said so”. But that is a luxury of sloth that a good parent cannot indulge in. As a parent we are often pushed to our limit of patience and energy. We must to the same to our Father. In exercise I do not gain unless I push it to more than I did before. So be it with our emotions and intellect.

Everything I have written to you my friends is but a silent gong if it is not done in love. It seems to me that anything really beneficial must be given and received in love. Oh sure we labor and serve and receive our payment and that is beneficial for us to provide the basics. Isn’t that what any reasonable father would do? Although these days I am sad to report sometimes it takes both father and mother to provide for children in this way.

Raising someone up raises me up.

A wonder why it is that when a child hugs me I find myself in the arms of an angel.

Sometimes a father worries for his children

A true leader has many children he calls his own.
A true leader has many children he calls his own. | Source

If we can teach a child to focus all thought though the lens of love, we have not failed our Father.

Here is a cool word; Nurture: “care for and encourage the growth or development of.” Isn’t that a great definition of the role of parent. And yet isn’t that how we should treat everyone?

I do hope that throughout this sermon you sometimes were scratching your head wondering if I was referring to the Heavenly Father or the earthly father. That is the goal for me in mentoring a child. Is that dad who decided that or is he just following instruction from a higher power? Oh boy let me get the scripture that guides my thinking here it is just so cool; 1 John 4:8 “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Whoa dudes and dudettes, that means to love is to be a part of God. So if I love my children and they love me we are in God. How could I possibly go wrong if my raising of my children is done in love? How can my children possibly go wrong if they learned that love and are willing to pass it on? All else we call secondary. Here is a neat thought; Spiritually we use the term “you raise me up”, isn’t it interesting that we use the same word “raise” to describe what we do with our children. And what can be more rewarding and joyous than raising someone up? Let me end by thanking those many men who called me son and helped to raise me up. My dad did a great job in setting me up to succeed in life to love. Though he passed on over a decade ago he lives within me as that part of God we call love.

How about you?

Can you say that you are loved?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a beautiful message for this father's day. I just watched a father's day sermon on TV. Dr. Charles Stanley spoke about the importance of a father in a child's life. He said when the father is guided by The Father all things come together for that child. I believe that. Thank you. Have a wonderful father's day...

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ruby, I will settle and be glad to be with two of my children today. It is nice that you heard to sermons on this subject today. Blessings today.

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      Linda Lum 10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      What a wonderful way to begin this day. The love of a father is felt when he holds in his heart the love of the Father in Heaven.

      Children are indeed a gift of God--just think, without your 4 this would be just another day for you, wouldn't it? (BTW I love hearing about your offspring and their accomplishments. It's not bragging--simply sharing good news.)

      I hope you have a great day.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Linda thank you much for your wonderful support. My young one just leaned over my shoulder and was practicing his reading - wonderful is now in his vocabulary and spelling. How much better does being a father get?

      It is 10:30 am here and it is already about ninety degrees so we will swoop up my daughter and head to the beach.

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      Dana Tate 10 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Happy Father's Day!! I would like to say, your deep understanding, your passion and compassion shows that you are blessed and have become a blessing to others. I'm sure all of your children are great, after all consider the genes in which they have come from. To God, be the glory. All blessings to you.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dana. Just plain too many blessings to count around here. A day to put worries and trouble aside and just rejoice. We celebrate each day but some are just more special than others.

      May God watch over you.

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      manatita44 10 months ago from london

      Yes, Bro, I'm very Loved by my Eternal Father. So good to hear that you understand. God bless you Bro. Amen, Alleyuia!

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      Clive Williams 10 months ago from Nibiru

      Happy Fathers Day eric

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Manatita what wonderful praise we have to give!

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Clive it has been a great day and it ain't over yet.

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      Siddharth Kapoor 10 months ago

      Interesting write my friend

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, the good-father trophy is based on the kind of father-child relationship that exists, because that is mainly due to the father's initiative. Thank God for good fathers like you who give your children the love and support which only a father could give.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, some kind of think of fatherhood as a chore, I pray for them. I count it as one of the finest blessings one can receive. I do not have a best friend but I have four best friends.

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      Denise W Anderson 10 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I think it is interesting that when children turn out well, we give their parents accolades, but when they do not, we blame the media, their peers, and even the schools! Parents are the number one influence in the lives of their children. Without strong parental influence, children fall prey to the many other voices that are in this world. I believe as you, that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, and that as parents, we stand in his stead here in the lives of our children. The type of relationship we have with them will ultimately be the type of relationship they have with him.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow Denise that is an excellent comment and point. Thank you for adding it here. All fathers will fall short. But it is in the striving that we are open to learn with our children. I truly count myself blessed.

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      Norine Williams 10 months ago

      Look how "carnal" (worldly) your "sermon" is! Praising kids ("Count it all dung" Philippians 3:8); not giving GOD the GLORY (II Corinthians 3:5). I heard you praise your wife, but never said "THANK YOU JESUS;" "Takes a village to raise a child" (Not w/GOD) "Train up a child in "the way" he should go and when he's old, he will not depart" (Proverbs 22:6)!

      "Everything I have written to you my friends is but a silent gong if it is not done in love."

      You mentioned "you have four great kids!" Did you not "correct" them or "lead them into truth?" So it is with GOD! HIS WORD "corrects" and "leads one into ALL truth" if one allows. Most likely it was difficult for your children to accept "truth" having "minds of their own," so it is with "believers" who have been "rooted and grounded" in FALSE DOCTRINE!

      However, giving TRUTH in HIS WORD shows "REAL LOVE!" It may sound "rude," (as it did to your children when you "corrected"), but it's better for ALL in the long run!

      Eric, I don't know you from Adam, but GOD has directed me to you! Why, I don't know! HE looks at the heart! Not my business, I just do as HE says! Personally (in the flesh), I like your "sermons" but GOD told me to tell you "FEED MY SHEEP" and that means "MAKING DISCIPLES" with HIS WORD!

      What you do is up to you ("Choice"), but "research" Scripture and tell ALL about the "GOSPEL OF CHRIST" if you "LOVE" them. Who wants to see those he "love" suffer "eternal damnation?" Who would not tell their child, "THE FIRE BURNS?" Who would tell their child to do as you please you'll grow up either way or "We ALL serve the same God so I'll see you in heaven?" Why LIE if you "LOVE" GOD who says "HE'LL have no other gods before HIM" or preach AGAINST the "GOSPEL OF CHRIST" which is "AFTER THE CROSS?"

      Eric, GOD wants to use you! I'll (in flesh) NEVER understand but It's not up to me! I feel (in my spirit) GOD is looking at your heart! HE KNOWS you "love" HIM, but have been TWISTED with FALSE DOCTRINE! Why do you suppose HE has placed me in your path?

      Think on these things and "STUDY" or "RESEARCH" HIS WORD!

      "LOVE!"

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine, I must say that as usual I do not care for your style and belief that your understood truths are direct from God to others. But here on my hub I feel that I must read your rants prior to deleting them. This one at least showed some humanity and caring on your part. Though it fell far short of any type of humility or compassion. As you believe God speaks to you and directs your calling, so be it that I feel moved by the Holy Spirit. And God has not put fire and brimstone into my heart. He has placed other callings. You do yours and I will do mine.

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      Your words are wise and I pray they will cause us to consider the role of fathers, especially that of our Heavenly Father. Your statement, "One of the toughest things to teach a child is to always question." I think God desires us to seek out his ways -- always ask, you shall receive. I enjoyed the music video/song -- very touching.

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      Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

      I enjoy listening to your written words because they do speak.. what a wonderful sermon my friend

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, thank you for your comment. I am afraid my HP notifier is broken and I do not know when someone comments on my hubs -- so sorry I missed you earlier. Looking backward and forward I would have to say that even with it's challenges being a father is a great gift.

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      Lawrence Hebb 9 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I know I'm three weeks late from the 'official' Father's day but it's Friday here and thats 'Fathers day's every week here as it's the day my wife and I have our lunch date!

      It was great reading this hub before we went on our lunch, and the special thing today was our 15 year old daughter was there too! She still likes spending time with 'Mum and Dad's and that's awesome in book.

      Have a great weekend, and thank you for the encouragement.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence my friend, I believe that a child's enjoyment of their parents is a whole lot more about the parents than the child. I am like you, a parent day for me is best celebrated with the mother of my children.

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