Ghana’s former President, John Dramani Mahama has urged parents, especially Fathers, to offer unconditional love to their children as the Father of the prodigal son in the Bible did.

According to him, the Biblical passage did not only narrate how wasteful some children of a good parent could be, but has also taught us how parents should offer unconditional love to their children despite their wayward behaviours.

Mahama who is also the 2024 Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) gave the advice on Sunday, June 16, 2024 to mark Father’s Day in Accra.

In a sermon at the Ringway branch of the Assemblies of God Church, the former President on behalf of the Men Fellowship charged parents, particularly Fathers, to emulate the prodigal son father and constantly offer love and care to their children.

Here the full message Mahama posted on his Facebook page

Yesterday, I was honoured to deliver a sermon at our very own Ringway Assemblies of God Church. This sermon was not just about Men’s Ministry Day but also about Father’s Day.

I spoke about Jesus’s parables and how they continue to teach us valuable lessons today. I reflected on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which teaches us about God the Father’s unconditional love and forgiveness. I also delved into the Parable of the Good Samaritan, which challenges us to show love and compassion to our neighbours, regardless of their background or circumstances. I referred to the Parable of the Lost Sheep, reminding us of the value that God places on every one of us.

As fathers, husbands, and men of God, we must reflect on these powerful parables and strive to live out their lessons daily. Remember the importance of love, forgiveness, compassion, and everyone’s value. Just as the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son eagerly welcomed back his wayward son, our heavenly Father waits for us to return to him.

I encouraged the congregation to build their lives on the foundation of God’s word and strive to live out the powerful lessons of Jesus’ parables.

It was a meaningful and profound experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share these teachings with the church.

May God bless you all, and Happy Father’s Day!


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