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Blessings of Having Spiritual Parents

2 Corinthians 11:3

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

1. Personal Growth: The mentorship and guidance provided by spiritual parents can lead to significant personal and spiritual growth, helping individuals to mature in their faith and understanding.

2. Sense of Belonging: Being part of a spiritual family offers a sense of belonging and community, which can be particularly comforting during challenging times or in the face of life's uncertainties.

3. Increased Faith and Understanding: The teachings and example of spiritual parents can deepen one's faith and enhance understanding of spiritual truths, leading to a more enriched and fulfilling spiritual life.

4. Encouragement and Motivation: Spiritual parents can be a source of encouragement and motivation, inspiring individuals to pursue their spiritual goals, serve others, and live out their faith in meaningful ways. 

5. Intercessory Prayer: Knowing that someone is praying for you, especially in times of need, can be a powerful source of comfort and strength. Spiritual parents often provide this intercessory prayer, bringing their spiritual children's needs before God.

6. Wisdom in Decision-Making: The wisdom and life experience of spiritual parents can be invaluable when facing important life decisions or seeking to discern God's will in specific situations.

7. Legacy and Transmission of Faith: Spiritual parents contribute to the legacy and transmission of faith, passing on spiritual truths, practices, and values to the next generation, ensuring the continuity and vitality of the faith community.

Having spiritual parents enriches the spiritual journey, providing guidance, support, and a deep sense of community that can leads to a more profound and fulfilling experience of faith.

Did Jesus mean that we should never refer to our earthly father as “father” (Matthew 23:9)

  • -  When Paul calls Timothy and Titus his “sons” (see 1 Timothy 1:2182 Timothy 1:2; and Titus 1:4), he is merely stating that he was a father figure to those whom he taught the gospel to. Paul committed himself to teaching, correcting, and training his protégés. He was more than a teacher to Timothy and Titus; he then became a Spiritual Father, because

  • 1.  he loved them so much and was a guide to them in their ministries. 

  • 2. He ministered with The Fathers Heart, they were begotten of the gospel under Ap Paul’s ministry. He was not putting himself in the place of God, and he never required anyone to call him “father.” In referring to Timothy and Titus as his children, Paul was expressing his love for them. Paul cared for them as a father loves his children and seeks their welfare.

Just as there is nothing wrong with using the word father metaphorically, there is nothing wrong with calling our earthly parents “father” and “mother.” In doing so we are not giving our parents an elevated title or position that belongs only to God. Our earthly parents are worthy of honor, and we are to honor our parents daily in the spirit of Exodus 20:12Matthew 15:4, and Ephesians 6:1–3.

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Thanks for such a great word Apostle 👊🏻

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