“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son” (1 John 5:11). How thrilling it is to realize more each day that, as we give control to God, then He gives our lives strength through Christ. The next verse (1 John 5:12) reminds us that: “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

Speaking about the coming Father’s Day on the 21st of June this year, this reminds us how men need to have Christ first in their lives. Once that is established, then our relationships concentrate on the choices for Christ in lives around us.

We are often encouraged to review the truths that John writes in 1 John 5. It may not be that we feel like we are doing so well as being definitely saved and on our way to Heaven through Christ, yet here is what we are promised: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the son of God” (verse 13).

The more frequently we review what God settles about forgiveness, the more we can be thankful that it is all about what Christ is and nothing at all we have done or anything we deserve. John writes that we can have the “confidence” of whose we are (verse 14) and the growth in Christ that every father can achieve.

John 3 says toward the end of the chapter that “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand” (John 3:35). We then are given the sobering truth that: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36). We are in Christ as our Savior, or else now is the time to be His. None of us can take our chances about getting to Heaven according to how good we are on our own! We need Christ!

Father’s Day is a great time to settle any issues about what is really important in our lives. We need Christ first and foremost in each of our lives today, so that we can have the confidence of being eternally in Heaven with all who will receive Christ as Savior along with us.

The Father God entrusts everything and the whole creation to His Son Jesus, who went to the Cross to pay completely for mankind’s sin. The offering for such a payment is possible in Christ alone. There is nothing embarrassing about confessing our sin to Him and then to receive Him as “my” personal Savior! We desperately need Christ for our eternities and then to seek Him for our children.

The Father up above loved His Son, because Jesus has been willing to die for lost sinners – each and every person. John 17 is a prayer of Christ for any person who would receive Him as personal Savior.

An amazing word is found in John 17:23 where Jesus is praying for all believers: “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may now that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” How great is God above for Christ to love us, “and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” That love needs to grow and to develop in our families as we concentrate on being a loving father, husband and

I have read the last part of John 17:23 but can only be so thankful that Jesus prays for those born into Him by faith who are loved by God just the same as God loves Christ.

It is amazing, and yet we see it declared. The next verse (John 17:24) says: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovest me before the foundation of the world.”

From being a parent, grandparent, lover of all we can be in the right, good and Godly way – all types of genuine love come out of the eternal love of the Father for the Son. It is all right and amazing because it settles us into Heaven forever. We read, and daily begin to realize, how important it is for our love for others to grow. Men – we read in John 15:11 that “These things have I spoken unto you, that my (Jesus’) joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Amen!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.