Today we study on the Father’s role. I see many modern day father’s spending much of their free time deeply seated in their comfort spot in front of the video game or the computer, hanging out with their buddies and leaving all the responsibility of the children to the wife. How can our children understand the love of God if our earthly father’s example is to ignore, admonish and deflect?!
Fathers wise up, pay attention and learn. Your children do not come into this world with all knowledge it is your responsibility to teach, educate, nurture and uplift: to lead them in the things they should know as is fitting unto God. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Children only know what we teach them or expose them to. If you do not fulfill your responsibility to them I can assure you the world will quickly set in and destroy our young ones.
Fathers love your child as Christ loves the children, “Jesus said, “let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Love and nurture your child. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
My father was a man of the world for much of my life. Although he knew of God and had attended church rather infrequently he had enough knowledge of God to respect that He does exist and that his home was full of a half dozen children because God allowed it to be so. “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:5
And though my father was not always the kindest person he could recognize when he was amiss in his judgement in the way in which he handled things with his children. He was quick to make amends and quicker yet in turning from a negative word. His goal was to build us up and not tear down. His favorite prayer was the Serenity Prayer:
“Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.” Luke 11:2-4
It isn’t easy parenting six children and though my father was sorely tested, he never let us forget his love for us. “ In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’‘ 1 John 4:9-11
Fathers I want to encourage you to study on your role as a man of God. Know your responsibilities to your children. It is your responsibility to lead and to become a leader you must read the scriptures, pray, praise and worship and to do so with your family everyday and often throughout the day.
Understand your responsibilities by studying how Christ loves the church in this you will learn to fulfill not only your role as a father but that of a husband and neighbor.
by Susan Louise Davis
~I dedicate this teaching to my sons and son in law. May God always direct your path as fathers of the future of mankind