Summary: As Men of Christ, we are called to be "Godly Fathers", to bring up our Children in the way they should go so that when they grow old they shall not depart from it. Let’s review how God’s word leads us in this light.
Called to be Godly Father’s
Do not Exasperate
Seoul -- At his father’s funeral, American Carl Lewis placed his 100-meter gold medal from the 1984 Olympics in his father’s hands. "Don’t worry," he told his surprised mother. "I’ll get another one."
A year later, in the 100-meter final at the 1988 games, Lewis was competing against Canadian world-record-holder Ben Johnson. Halfway through the race Johnson was five feet in front. Lewis was convinced he could catch him. But at 80 meters, he was still five feet behind. It’s over, Dad, Lewis thought. As Johnson crossed the finish, he stared back at Lewis and thrust his right arm in the air, index finger extended. Lewis was exasperated. He had noticed Johnson’s bulging muscles and yellow-tinged eyes, both indications of steroid use. "I didn’t have the medal, but I could still give to my father by acting with class and dignity," Lewis said later. He shook Johnson’s hand and left the track. But then came the announcement that Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids. He was stripped of his medal. The gold went to Lewis, a replacement for the medal he had given his father. David Wallechinsky, The Complete Book of the Olympics, Reader’s Digest.
Do not Exasperate your Child
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephes. 6:4 (NIV)
Father’s first we want to thank each of you who has taken this responsibility seriously, for all others God is calling you to take your responsibility seriously today.
God calls Christian fathers to a different standard, to lovingly lead your children.
Will you answer Him today?
God calls men to lovingly lead their kids today just as He did in the first century.
Our kids are the image bearers of God who need to be managed and trained.
Fathers, God calls us to provide a proper nurturing environment where our kids can grow up to love and serve Christ.
We are called not to bring our children to parorgizo, par-org-id’-zo; Greek, to anger alongside, i.e. enrage :- anger, provoke to wrath. Present tense.
This meant they were to stop doing something that was common and continuous.
If we exasperate our kids, they can become bitter.
Instead lets love and lead them to Christ likedness.
Will you commit to show the "agapeo" love that was shown you, to your most prized possessions in Christ, your children?
but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephes. 6:4 KJV
Nurturing is just the opposite of exasperating our children.
Fathers, we are called to nourish our wife and children by sharing the love and encouragement of our Lord actively.
Fathers, we are to take an active part in shaping the character of our children.
John MacArthur puts it this way: “What ruins most children is not what their parents do to them, but what they do not do for them.”