“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”
Children. You gotta love ‘em! They might get on your last nerve sometimes, but you still love them. And it is the same with their father. Fathers get on their children’s last nerve sometimes too, but they still love their father. Solomon said in Proverbs 10:1 : “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” So, Fathers, how do we make our sons become wise? Teach them!
“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.” (Proverbs 4:1-2)
Proverbs 22:6 says;
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Solomon also discusses “the other side of the coin” in Proverbs 17:21 :
“ A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.”
In Proverbs 23:24-25, he said;
“ The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.”
Malachi said in the beginning of verse 1:6 :
“ A son honoureth his father”
Paul had a message to both fathers and their children in Ephesians 6:1-4 :
“ 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.
Now let’s look at it in the New Living Translation:
Children and Parents
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.”
And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.
In Colossians 3:21, Paul said:
“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”
Unfortunately, my own father and I did not have a good relationship when I was a child. I will not go into the details, but the bitterness that caused in me grew with me right on into adulthood. It wasn’t until God arranged for me to meet my beautiful wife that I began to work through that bitterness toward both my parents. It was also about that time that my father was gloriously saved and gave his heart to Jesus after running from Him his whole life. As a result, my father and I had a great relationship during the last year of his life. And I finally got to hear the words I had so longed to hear; “I love you son.” Fathers, don’t let this happen to your children! On the other hand, it is much different between my beautiful daughter and I. I make sure she knows that she is loved by her father, and I love it when she hollers out; “Dad!” And I’ll say “What?” To which she’ll answer; “I LOVE YOU!”
Jesus loved children too. He loves everyone of course, but He has a special place in His heart reserved for children. In Mark 10:13-16 (CEV) ….
Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him.
When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them.
Now, this was not the first time a father had blessed his children. In Numbers 6:21-27, the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
“ Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
God the Father called David “a man after His own heart.” Fathers, do you consider your children men and women after your own heart? Jesus was speaking of the glory He held for His Father when He said in John 3:16-17 (NKJV):
“ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Are you experiencing that love? Is your glory your Father in heaven? If not, I invite you to pray the following prayer, believing that you will receive eternal life as you pray it:
“God, I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son and that He died on the cross to pay for my sin and rose from the dead to complete the transaction. Jesus, I ask You to forgive me of my sin and come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Thank You, Jesus, for paying the price so that I can be saved. I turn my back on the world. Devil and demon forces, get out of my life in Jesus’ Name! You no longer have control over me. Jesus is my Lord. And I am saved for all eternity in Jesus’ Name! Amen!”
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