Don’t hold onto the sinful ways, missing the mark on accomplishing the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish. Cast away the sinful ways and nail them to the cross where Jesus paid the price that reconciles and restores us to God. Don’t be stuck with a ball and chain attached to you that holds you from the purpose and plan of Jesus who came that we would have life and to the full! Don’t be fooled by the temptations and lies of the devil for his plans will cause theft, death, and destruction of our lives and our dreams.
Remember that our sinful nature has been crucified and nailed to the cross
Let’s be the dads who belong to Jesus! Belonging to Jesus, let’s be the dads who remember and live crucifying our sinful nature and picking up our cross daily! Submitted to Jesus, let’s be the dads who crucify the passions and appetites of sinful nature!
Dads, cast away the sinful nature
‘If in fact you have [really] heard Him and have been taught by Him, just as truth is in Jesus [revealed in His life and personified in Him], that, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]. ‘Ephesians 4:21-24
Firstly, let’s be the dads who put off our old selves, completely discarding our former nature! Secondly, let’s be the dads who take off our old selves because it is being corrupted by deceitful desires! Finally, let’s be the dads who are continually renewed in the spirit of our minds, having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude, created in God’s image in the righteousness and holiness of truth by living in a way that expresses to God our gratitude for our salvation!
Let’s grab a hold of today’s verse of the day and consider how to apply it to being the dads God created, purposed, and planned for us to be.
How to apply today’s verse of the about crucifying the sinful nature to being dads:
- Prioritize time with family over personal desires: This means sacrificing your own wants and needs for the sake of spending time with your family.
- Resist the urge to react in anger: When your child does something wrong, resist the urge to react in anger. Instead, respond with love, understanding, and patience.
- Model forgiveness: Show your children how to forgive by modeling it yourself. Forgive them when they make mistakes, and teach them to forgive others.
- Reject selfishness: Don’t put your own desires and needs ahead of your family’s. This means being willing to make sacrifices and put in the hard work to provide for and care for your family.
- Practice self-control: Control your words and actions, especially when you’re angry or frustrated. Don’t lash out at your children or lose your temper in front of them.
- Seek to serve others: Look for ways to serve your family and put their needs ahead of your own. This can be something as simple as doing the dishes or helping with homework.
- Be humble: Don’t let pride get in the way of your relationship with your family. Be willing to admit when you’re wrong and ask for forgiveness.
- Choose joy: Make a conscious effort to be joyful and positive, even when things are difficult. This can help create a positive atmosphere in your home.
- Practice kindness: Show kindness and compassion to your family members, even when they don’t deserve it. This can help build stronger relationships and create a more loving home.
- Seek God’s guidance: Pray for wisdom and guidance from God as you strive to be a better father. Ask Him to help you crucify your sinful nature and become the kind of father He wants you to be.