As fathers, heads of our family and elders in the community, there is no other principle more important than knowing God personally and intimately. When we gain a spiritual maturity through a close walk with God, then when difficult times come, we fall back on our relationship with God as the sure anchor to the soul and it dictates our actions. This in turn becomes the anchor for the wife, family and ever widening circle of friends.
Earlier in chapter one, John speaks of what “was from the beginning” as in the person of Jesus whom they had “seen with our eyes…touched…the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us” so that we “may have fellowship…with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1:1-4a). This close relationship is bound together in the Father and the Son through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). Oh that we understood more how great this fellowship is!
For fathers, this is what gives strength and vitality to your life and family. It will extend out to the church and work place. It will color the world you move in. Your life will become a fragrant aroma of praise wherever you are, “because you know Him who is from the beginning”! If you do not know God the Father in this way, ask the Holy Spirit to move you closer and closer to Him.