The reward of three truths on Father's Day – Crosswalk {Couples} Devotional

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The gift of 3 truths on Father's Day
By Justin Camp

We have an enemy and it's not the people with whom we disagree or who believe differently than we do. There are no people on the other side of the political spectrum. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic forces over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12)

Our enemy is much worse. He is "a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). He beats us with lies throughout our lives. He keeps beating up the men in your life and telling them who to be and what to do, what is real and what is right. His false news is insidious because it doesn't sound too bad … at least initially.

But if we believe them, if we follow his lies, they will naturally weaken us – keep us insecure, only survive, are tired and underutilized and isolated. And finally they lead us to death.

So here we are. In a world crying out for salvation, with an evil enemy, with opportunities against us – against us who ever live the way our God designed us to live.

Things can look bleak. But they are not. Because the opposite of all these lies is something much bigger: the truth of God. The truth of Jesus Christ. And we can be agents of his truth – encouraging each other, telling the truth in our lives to the people we see in them, and helping them stay strong in the face of all this deception and malice.

As a unique and powerful gift, there are three things you can tell your husband (and all fathers in your life) on Father's Day:

1. He is never alone.

Jesus promises that he will be with us everywhere – when we are at home, when we are working, under difficult circumstances, with every difficult call, with every difficult meeting. "I am always with you until the end of the age" (Mt 28:20). Remind your husband of that. But tell him you're with him too. Remind him of your marriage vows – from that day on for the good, for the bad, for the rich, for the poor, for sickness and health, and to keep, to love and to cherish until death separates us. Remind him that you are a team, that you are with him with every victory and failure, joy and struggle.

2. He is loved no matter what.

We are precious sons and daughters of an outrageously loving Father God. God's love for each of us burns bright and true. It will never get darker. No way. Not even a little bit. If you represented his love on a diagram, the line would be high and flat. It would not fluctuate over time. it would never vibrate in response to our good deeds – or even our worst. He no longer loves us because of the things we have achieved or acquired in life. Remind your husband of that. But also remind him that you love him the way he is – the love of your life – not for what he does and what he brings home.

3. You are not worried.

For husbands, it sometimes feels like worry is just part of being human. Like us, they worry about the bad things that could happen – them, us, our loved ones. So they plan and plan like we do, how they can come out of all these things. As we know, all of this concern can hang over our lives. It can haunt our thoughts and steal important moments – moments that should be joyful.

But Jesus teaches us that we don't have to worry. Because he did not come so that we can live a life that is haunted by fear. He came and died to free us from such things (Gal. 5: 1). He assures us that our Father God will take care of us whether we are worried or not (Mt 6.26). Remind your husband of this too. But more, tell him you don't worry. Tell him you trust God. And tell him that you trust him too. Encourage him. Tell him that you believe in him. Tell him you know everything will be okay somehow.

Write your version of all of these messages on a card. Or, maybe even better, tell him in your own words and look him straight in the eye. However you do it, surprise your husband on Father's Day with these unusual gifts with the right side up.

Jennifer and Justin Camp are married and writers. They co-founded Gather Ministries, a Christian nonprofit that focuses on discipleship and encouragement. Justin recently published his latest book, Odyssey: Encountering the God of Heaven and Escaping the Grumpy Bonds of the World – another great gift idea for Father's Day.

For more great resources for Christian couples, see Crosswalk’s Marriage channel.

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