But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms. What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!
As my spiritual father says, “You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!” In other words, you will take their “revelation” and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to “partake” of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose! How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!
I. Thess. 2:4,5- But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.See More
This has been a burden on my heart for several years! It’s like in the natural children not knowing their grandparents, not knowing their heritage, their legacy, even the future of the bloodline because we haven’t had the blessing and inheritance of the Father’s!
Then, even sadder, in the church, many leaders do NOT want their people to be exposed to their father’s, either because of the 1) fear of insecurity or weakness, and/or 2) fear of rejection by the people!