Yesterday we discussed the value of Fathers and how important a father is in a family. And the perfect model is none other than the Heavenly Father. This message is focused on the functionality of fathers. In the Bible, fathers are required to perform their duties in the right way.
4 Fathers,[a] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
The first and most important instruction given is to never exasperate or provoke your children. But this does not mean that there is no need for rules and regulations not to be imposed. Those are necessary for children to understand right from wrong. But these rules and regulations should not come from the ego of the father. Paul clearly says, “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”. In one word, this means disciplining. It is the primary duty of the father to discipline his children. But it is also important for the father to spend time and shower their children with love and affection that is required. The presence, relationship or closeness of the father is something that a child can never get from anyone else.
As a father you have to be;
Let us read about this real-life story that took place in Armenia in 1988, the parents were working like they normally do when there was suddenly an announcement on the radio. There was an earth crack and that happened exactly where the school was situated. The father rushed to the spot and when he reached there, all that was left of the whole school building was just its debris. A lot of parents had gathered there in tears but this father got into work. Somehow he located the classroom of his son’s classroom. There was nothing but stones and rubble there but he worked listening to the discouraging words of the volunteers and other parents. After the sun went down, in utter hopelessness, most of the parents went back in tears. But this one father remained alone and he was working right into the night. And after a long time, he finally heard the sound of his son. He was finally reunited with his son and it was a very happy moment for both the son and the father. But the son wanted his father to help out 14 of his other classmates first before helping him because he trusts the father and knows that the father will be there for him no matter what. This is the proof of a father’s unchanging love for his child.
This story is a great example for all of us to learn from.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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