Do you prefer to learn by experiencing things firsthand, rather than being told about them? Are you currently dealing with pain and uncertainty, unsure of how to move forward? Have you ever heard the saying “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”? Instead of wandering alone, why not turn to God’s Word for guidance and wisdom? You could also seek the support of godly men who can meet you where you are and share their own experiences and insights. Perhaps today could be the day that you choose to learn from others, rather than having to learn through painful experiences. Remember, learning can be less painful and cause less suffering than personal experience. Will you make the decision to learn, rather than experience unnecessary pain?
Learn and be encouraged by Scripture
Let us seek guidance from the timeless teachings of God’s Word as fathers. Through endurance and faith in His promises, we can find hope and encouragement. With trust in God’s faithfulness, we can be confident, not in our own abilities, but in His unwavering love for us.
So how can we put today’s verse of the day into practice to help us step up to be the dads our wives, kids, and world need us to be?
Applications of Romans 15:4 that will help us learn and be the dads God created, purposed, and planned for us to be:
- Daily Scripture Study: Make it a habit to study the Scriptures regularly, seeking wisdom and guidance for your role as a father. Consistent Bible study helps you internalize the values and principles that promote godly fatherhood.
- Lead by Example: As fathers, our actions have a significant impact on our families. Live out the teachings of the Bible, demonstrating love, integrity, patience, and compassion in your everyday life.
- Teach Biblical Values: Integrate biblical principles into your parenting. Use opportunities in everyday conversations and situations to share important values with your children, instilling a strong moral foundation.
- Cultivate Endurance: Parenting can be challenging, and at times, it may feel overwhelming. Drawing from the endurance taught in the Scriptures, remain steadfast in your commitment to being a loving and involved father, even in difficult circumstances.
- Encourage and Empower: Use the encouragement provided by the Scriptures to uplift and empower your family members. Be their source of support, showing them love, and helping them grow into the individuals God intended them to be.
- Apologize and Forgive: The Bible teaches us about forgiveness and reconciliation. Be quick to apologize to your family when you make mistakes, and be willing to forgive when they do. This fosters a loving and respectful environment.
- Pray Together: Develop a habit of praying with your family. Praying together strengthens your bond with God and with one another. It also sets an example of seeking guidance and wisdom from a higher power.
- Serve Others: Encourage your family to participate in acts of service, both within the family and in the community. Demonstrate the value of selflessness and kindness, just as Jesus did.
- Seek Wisdom from Elders: Learn from experienced fathers and mentors in your faith community. Seek guidance and advice from those who have walked the path of fatherhood before you.
- Embrace Hope: As fathers, we face challenges and uncertainties, but the Scriptures offer us hope. Embrace this hope, trusting that God’s plan for your family is greater than any difficulty you may encounter.
By applying these ten principles from Romans 15:4, you can step up to become the dad that God created, purposed, and planned for you to be—a loving, wise, and godly father who positively impacts the lives of his family and the world around him.