Fathers DayBro. David Chancellor
6/20/2004 11:00 AM
Fathers need to realize that theyre needed. The Womens Lib movement would say No, theyre not, but theyre wrong. Both the mother AND the father are needed.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Children, obey your parents. One of the nicest gifts you can give your dad is a year of obedience. This is how you honor your parents. Parents ask you to do what you NEED to do.
Theres also an admonition to dads here. Theres a role for the dad in the home. He needs to help raise the children. Hes in a position to make a difference in their lives. The dad is to bring home the living, but he shouldnt make work his life. A life given to career wont bring children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Dads have a responsibility to help the children learn about God. He should have an interest in their spiritual needs as well as their physical needs. Dads affect their daughters as well as their sons. He needs to set the example of what a man ought to be. Children need to see to learn. Its more than bringing home a paycheck. Its giving the children a picture of what a man should be.
Theres nurturing to do as well. Nurturing is training and being an example. Children view their parents example as normal behavior. A good father can help people understand and appreciate what God can be like to them. Its a big job and it takes some sacrifice. Nurturing requires being there and it takes time. Children can learn good things from working beside dad. Dads can help kids to learn skills to live independently. Men need to be involved in the spiritual side of their childrens lives. Dont discourage your children. Be an encourager. Kids, especially little kids, think that dad can fix everything. Children need an encourager. Dad can help them know that they CAN do things.
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mothers womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just: to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
This tells the work of John the Baptist. He was to help turn the children and fathers to each other. If youd have your children love you, love them first. Prepare them for the Lord. You cant choose for them, but you can prepare them for the time when God speaks to them. Make serving God attractive. Be careful in the example you give by your life at home. A good example is of great value. A Christian dad is worth a lot. To be a good dad takes Gods help. You cant bring your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord without Gods help. Children see that Gods way is best when mom and dad live it.