Friday, March 26, 2010

Biblical Manhood - Raising Children Part 1

In Ephesians 6:4 we read, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

I want to look at the last part of this verse and ask three questions:

Why is this important to God?

What does it mean, what’s involved, what does it look like?

What are the results?

First then, why is this important to God?

Look up Genesis 18:16-19. In verse 19, God says that He knew Abraham for a reason. What was the reason? That they may keep the way of the Lord and do righteousness and justice.

In Malachi 2:15 divorce is the topic. God states that he made the husband and wife one. Then he asks, “Why one?” The answer to that question is that God is seeking a godly seed or offspring.

God is not only interested in us, but he is interested in the children we will have. And as He looks forward into the future, He is interested that those children and our childrens’ children will keep on a godly path, live righteously and do justice. God desires that there be more and more people in the world who love Him and live righteously so that there will be many examples of God’s character reflected throughout the world.

So when you think about the children you have or those you hope to have some day, remember to see them as a heritage God has given you to be a light and a testimony to all that will ever come to know them.

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