Blessings of the Father

Dear Friend,

Too many of us were raised without a father or a good father image in our life. That’s why I think it’s so hard for people to have a correct perspective on what it is to be a good father.

I’ve noticed that one of the biggest issues today acknowledged by some as “the downfall of man” is the absent father. Thankfully, however, there are now groups of men who are mentoring young men who haven’t had fathers, teaching them how to become good fathers. I thank God that people see how valuable this is. I can understand how difficult life is when a person doesn’t have a godly example.

In Malachi 4:5,6, Father God sent His prophet to warn us:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

It sounds like a pretty serious job being a father. We should never take lightly the raising of children. Amen. The Apostle Paul says in Colossians 3:20,21:

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

That is a lot to chew on. Having my own children, I know how emotional they can be at times. My youngest son Levi is on a massive growing spurt right now, and his emotions run away with him sometimes. I watch his poppa Darrin teaching Levi, and I’m always amazed how Darrin will bring Levi around to the truth and show him affection even when Levi isn’t wanting to be as nice as he should be. Of course, when Levi gets corrected, he doesn’t like losing his privileges, but he knows he won’t get them back until his attitude changes. Levi is blessed beyond measure to have a godly father like Darrin.

Hebrews 12:9 says: Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? There are always consequences when we choose not to do the right thing. Sin harms us. That’s why our Heavenly Father corrects us when we sin. It’s because He loves us so much; He wants us to succeed in Him. Amen.

Ezekiel 36:26-28 says:

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Our Father has always loved us. If He didn’t, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to redeem us. Amen. First John 3:1 says: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Amen.

We should never forget how much God loves us, and we must keep praying for our children. I’m thanking our Father for the godly men who are choosing to be godly fathers. Amen.

In His love,

Donner Roberson