Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV, 1984
Through the month of February, I have the privilege of DJ-ing several Father / Daughter events across the Triad. What a special time for dads of all backgrounds and their daughter (even grand daughters) making memories for a lifetime.
When asked to do a short devotional at one gathering, I tapped into Ephesians 5 and 6.
We dads, specifically Christian dads, are to be ‘Imitators’ of our God. A reflection of our heavenly father.
The old saying “do as I say, not as I do” really never goes far. Yet, living out our Christian faith as the heads of our homes with compassionate discipline displays a better sermon of true love than all the idol talk that we could utter.
Turning the page to Ephesians 6, parents don’t mind quoting the first few verses…
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
But, wait. Let’s drop down to verse four. Dads, listen up. This one’s directed directly to us…
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Dads are not to exasperate our kids – or in other translations –
“..Do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them”
or “…don’t make your children bitter about life”
Ouch! Powerful verses.
Fathers for sure have a directive to lead – with love – not fear.
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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