Fatherlessness is such a huge problem in our society because without a father, especially young boys, have no tangible example of how the ethics and values of their family get lived out in the world. This is the unique contribution that fathers make to society and in so many ways we long to follow in our fathers’ footsteps. John continues on with the theme of the fatherhood of God we looked at last week to show us that how we live betrays who our true father is and the answer may shock us to our very core.
1 John 3:4-10
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.