As I get today started and think about my family, reflecting on what God has been able to do in and through me and through each of us, I turn to the reality and truth of the power of God’s Word. The power of God’s Word put all creation into motion. As I look towards today, I consider the power of words and what God will be able to speak through His Word and through this devotional.
Words have the power to heal! Words have the power to change lives! Words have the power to influence! Words have the power to inspire! Words have the power to create! Words have the power to destroy! Words have the power to build up! Words have the power to tear down! Words have the power of life! Words have the power of death! So let’s remember this and consider the warnings and warning signs we need to be aware of.
Scripture for Today’s Devotional:
‘ Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.’Ephesians 6:4
‘ Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.]’Colossians 3:21
Let’s be the dads who choose to raise our kids tenderly as we train and disciple them! Let’s be the dads who choose to raise our kids tenderly in the counsel and admonition of God! Let’s be the dads who are aware of the stresses and pressures of life and avoid irritating and provoking our kids to anger! Let’s be the dads who are aware of the stresses and pressures of life and avoid exasperating our kids to the point of resentment! Let’s be the dads who avoid being hard on our kids and harassing them causing them to become provoked or irritated or corrode our relationship with our kids! Let’s be the dads who encourage and love our kids so that we don’t break their spirit by discouraging, demoralizing, and frustrating them!
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotionals:
“The Bible’s #1 warning to Dads“
- Let’s be the dads who pause and prepare our hearts because we see the title for today’s devotional.
- Let’s be the dads who are ready in our hearts, minds, and souls to receive God’s leading and guiding to help us be the dads He created and purposed for us to be for our wives and kids!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t allow the pressures of life to cause us to respond or act out improperly towards our wives and kids!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t allow our emotions to come out and mess up our relationships with our wives and kids!
- Let’s be the dads who do a heart checkup because we know from God’s Word that from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks!
- Let’s be the dads who remember the love when we first met our wives!
- Let’s be the dads who remember the love when we first got to hold our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the warning from God’s Word as we read in scripture today!
- Today’s devotional speaks to this warning and our number one challenge when it comes to raising our kids as follows:
- Let’s be the dads who are thinking because we can’t take back what comes out of our mouths.
- Once you’ve said it, you can’t unsay it.
- Let’s be the dads who realize that we “don’t get to take your words back – once they are spoken to your child, they go deep into their spirit“!
- Let’s be the dads who remember to be careful how we speak to our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who remember to be careful how we treat our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who are careful in how we choose to discipline our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who are seeking God’s wisdom and direction when it comes to disciplining and correcting our kids so that we ensure we “don’t lose our influence with them by being too harsh“!
- Today’s devotional closes with this wisdom and challenge:
- “The Bible warns against provoking our children and diminishing their spirits. It is often when we are angry, harsh or lose our temper that we say things we don’t mean that we provoke our children. This causes us little by little to lose our influence with our children, and their view of us as their earthly father also deeply affects their view of God as their heavenly Father. “