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Are you willing to live for your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 17, 2017
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
America is in danger of losing an entire generation of young people. Why? I believe it’s because of a lack of male leadership in the home.
There is a war against the family with high stakes. And the key to winning this war is leadership. We need men to enlist in the war on the family.
Now, if you are a dad, I know you’re probably willing to lay down your life for your children.
But my question to you is this: Are you willing to live for your family? Are you willing to sacrifice your life now for your children?
What our children need today is men of spiritual quality who are devoted to their families… real men who raise their children both with strength and sensitivity, and who are in tune with their children’s needs.
Here are a few ways to do this…
- Give your child enough freedom to enjoy life without being overprotective.
- Don’t show favoritism or compare your children to each other.
- Offer encouragement, not discouragement.
- Don’t force your child to be something he or she is not.
- Spend time with your children. Show them you love them.
- Never, ever be cruel.
- Raise your children with strong spiritual direction. That means we’re to provide protection, correction, and instruction.
As dads, you and I should have a passion for excellence in parenting. We have the responsibility to bring our children up with the training and admonition of the Lord. They need to know about rewards...
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
A few years ago, I read an article in the USA Today that talked about the devastating effects of anger. In fact, the article listed hostility and anger (especially in men) as dangerous to our physical health as high cholesterol and obesity!
Not only will bitterness chain you to the past, contaminate your personality, and color your relationship with Christ, but it will choke your productivity. This includes your physical productivity, your emotional productivity, and your mental productivity.
When you live with bitterness and anger in your life, you can’t be productive in anything you do. Your mind will be distorted and you’ll make all kinds of bad decisions.
What’s funny—and tragic—is that a lot of people call anger and bitterness something else entirely. They call it “righteous indignation” or their “sense of justice.” But I call it something else: sin!
When we live with the unrepentant sin of bitterness, it rips us from the inside out. And ultimately, if we don’t root it out of our lives, we become critical and cynical!
Take time today to look at your life and see if you are giving place to bitterness and anger. If so, ask God to help you root it out so that you can live fully for our Lord.
If you live with bitterness and anger in your life, you will never be fully productive for Christ.