How Godly Dads Can Bless Their Children
God's Word declares that He has chosen husbands to lead their homes and marriages with Christ like love. Jesus showed us how to love by His example to His disciples. Part of what every born again husband and father will stand before Christ's Throne and explain is how he did at blessing his wife and family with Christ's sacrificial love.
Specifically husbands and fathers have the opportunity every day to BLESS their children (and wives) in three very crucial ways.
FATHERS WE HAVE A BIG CHALLENGE
· Godly Dads can bless their children (and wives) by their Time invested in them.
· Godly Dads can bless their children (and wives) by their Lifestyle lived out as a servant.
· Godly Dads can bless their children (and wives) by their Words of blessing, spoken aloud to those they love.
God will not ask how profitable his company was, how successful his investment strategies were, how well his building projects were, He will say, "I called you to be a blessing—how did you do at that calling?"
I Peter 3:8-9 "To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing."
Have you chosen to bless those you love with your time? On my very first Father's Day as a dad, I was serving on staff as a new pastor in California. That day someone passed out to all of us a Father's Day tract. I read it, thought about it, and finally taped it into the front cover of my Bible until it wore out. This is what it said:
"My family's all grown, and the kids are all gone. But, if I had to do it all over again, this is what I'd do:
· I would love my wife more in front of my children. [As God says in Proverbs 5:19, husbands should always be ravished by their love for their wife.]
· I would laugh with my children more — at our mistakes and our joys. [A merry heart is like the best of medicine in Proverbs 17:22.]
· I would listen more, even to the littlest child. [Wise men are very swift to hear and very slow to speak is what God reminds us in James 1:19.]
· I would be more honest about my own weaknesses, never pretending perfection. [We are to learn to always be transparent and walk in the light as we are instructed to do in I John 1:7.]
· I would pray differently for my family — instead of focusing on them, I'd focus on me [God said that as His designated leaders in the church and home we are to take heed to ourselves and to our calling in Acts 20:28.]
· I would do more things together with my children [God designed for dads to be a part of the whole day in their family's life from rising up, to eating, to going through the day, to bed time in His instructions left for dads in Deuteronomy 6:7.]
· I would encourage them more and bestow more praise [As Paul says we are to be kind and tenderhearted in Ephesians 4:32 and as we saw Peter added, we are called to bless those we love in I Peter 3:7-8.]
· I would pay more attention to little things, like deeds and words of thoughtfulness [Jesus reminds us that if we are faithful in little things, we'll also be faithful in the big things in Luke 16:10.]
· And then, finally, if I had to do it all over again, I would share God more intimately with my family; every ordinary thing that happened in every ordinary day I would use to direct them to God. ["Paul said that spiritual leaders are to ask others to follow them as they follow Christ in I Corinthians 11:1.]
Dads, we have a God given opportunity to rain down Christ like blessings upon our wives and children, flowing from hearts of love.
Blessing our wives and children follows Christ's example, and helps us to be remembered as husbands and dads who loved with Christ's love.
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