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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
St. Paul had just finished reminding children of the Old Testament promise that if they would obey and honor their parents, they would be guaranteed a good and long life. At that point, he quickly turned and spoke to fathers. He said, “Fathers, don’t irritate and frustrate your children by the way you place demands on them, but instead instruct and raise them in the ways of the Lord.”
I often hear of all the lousy fathers there are, but to that, I say I know many wonderful fathers. Sure, some have failed. But many fathers that I speak to are looking for wise counsel as to how to be more effective as a Dad. “FATHERS: Here’s A Word From God For You.” St. Paul began with a negative. He said, “Don’t exasperate your children.” That word exasperate means to irritate and frustrate. Dad’s when you communicate with your children, how are you approaching them? Remember, they’re little kids first, and then they’re elementary kids, then they’re adolescents. Each level requires a different approach. Yet, in general, the way a child is properly raised is by fathers giving their children the highest regard for Almighty God. Also, the father must instruct his children in the ways of our Lord. Dads are to teach their children what God wants from them. They’re to teach their children what character traits God possesses and how He wants to birth each one of those traits in us. That kind of loving fathering can take place in a third floor flat or a mansion. But always remember Dads, God will have a word for you at every point of challenge.
Even at this stage in my life as a father, I’m asking this AM that You help me to have the right response to the needs of my children. Amen