After a long busy weekend offline looking for our next devotional to review today, I discovered this one titled “Anger Free Dad” by Manhood Journey which provides excellent resources for and to dads. Its description caught my attention and resonated with me when it says: “No dad wants to get angry.” “We want to raise our kids well, but fatherhood has its share of “anger land mines!”” “When we’re not on our guard, sometimes the smallest misstep can cause us to explode into anger.” And calls out to us as dads to be the dads “who aim to overcome anger“. If you are a dad who wants to be able to live your “life of peace and joy” then let’s dig in and learn how we are the dads who “can be an anger-free dad—in Christ“!
God’s Word from Today’s Devotional:
‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ‘2 Corinthians 12:9
‘that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. ‘Ephesians 1:17-21
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ‘Galatians 5:22-23
God’s Word is active and alive! God’s Word knows what you need to hear right here and right now! Today it is the need to know the importance of producing good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, to the point where it is part of the weekend sermon for me, my daily devotional, and now this Be The Dads devotional post from Manhood Journey!
Let’s be the dads who lean in on God because in our weaknesses His strength is revealed! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God because we know that His grace is enough, His grace is sufficient for us! Let’s be the dads who trust Jesus because we know that in our weakness, His strength is revealed so that God gets the praise, the honor, and the glory! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God so that we may receive the Holy Spirit and receive wisdom and revelation from and of Him! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God so that we may receive the wisdom and revelation that enlightens our hearts! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God so that we can know the hope to which we are being called! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God so that we can know the riches of His glorious inheritance! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God so that we can know the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God so that we can know the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come! Let’s be the dads who choose to live by the Spirit in order to produce good fruit! Let’s be the dads who choose to live lives that produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! Let’s be the dads who choose live lives in accordance with the Spirit, producing the good fruit because we know there is true freedom in it and then live at peace!
Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey.
Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
For more information, please visit https://manhoodjourney.org/anger-free-dad/.
Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
- Let’s be the dads who trust God enough to ask for directions!
- Let’s be the dads who are humble enough to stop and ask for directions!
- Let’s be the dads who are honest enough to know when we need help!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to trust, live humbly, and be honest so that we don’t end up being the punchline to jokes later in history. Today’s devotional shared this one:
- I know I have stopped and asked for directions from a gas station that happened to have a map (my cellphone battery had died).
- I know I had prayed that God would give me the wisdom to find my son’s end-of-season party when I didn’t know where I was going because my cellphone battery had died on our drive because he was playing a game on it.
- Let’s not be so proud that we won’t stop to ask God or others for direction or help!
- Ever used the old school paper maps?
- Ever used the GPS in your phone with some mapping app?
- Ever used a GPS device?
- Ever thought that the software might be out of date (like a new subdivision and so you know best)?
- Ever thought that you had been there so many times that once you were close you stopped following the known directions?
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to share the error of our ways when we didn’t follow directions and ended up somewhere we didn’t intend to be!
- Let’s be the dads who will humble ourselves rather than trying to “rely on ourselves and our own, often misguided, sense of direction“!
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when He speaks to us about the anger that is starting to bubble up within us!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t try to deal with anger on our own or in our own power!
- Let’s be the dads who rely on God rather than “on our own methods to remedy the stronghold of angry tendencies“!
- Let’s be the dads who are self-aware enough to know that “If you knew how to free yourself of anger, you would’ve already done it. You wouldn’t be reading about how to be an anger-free dad!“
- Today’s devotional closes with these two thoughts:
- “Dad, you can’t overcome anger and find peace on your own. And the good news is that you don’t have to! God does not leave you alone to struggle in the battle with anger on your own. You must seek God and let Him lead to a place where peace, not anger, is resident. Under His lordship, you have the power to be at peace. We can’t navigate the twists and turns of life and respond adequately without the Word of God.“
- “Just as the GPS provides what we need when navigating the roads, God provides everything we need when navigating the tension between living for Christ and giving in to anger. You’ve learned to trust the GPS to give you the right direction, so do the same thing with God: trust Him to give you the right direction. Surrender to Him. Lean on Him. Trust Him—and He will lead you away from anger.“
- Today’s devotional closes with this challenge: