Happy Father’s Day

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).    

To all our fathers, I wish you a very happy Father’s Day. I thank you for all the love, leadership and loyalty you show to your families.

The phrase “bring them up” is defined as: to rear up to maturity; to cherish or train.  The idea is that the father is to have the love for the child to train the child. God, the Creator, knows the responsibility and the work that is involved in the training of children. God, the Creator, knows the task that is before the father to properly rear up children. God, the Creator, knows the love required to train a child. Let us follow the example of the Father.

God, through Paul, also recorded that fathers are to nurture their children.  The “nurturing” aspect of training children is the part that deals with the education or tutorage. Fathers are to instruct their children, as God would have them instructed. The Jews believed that the father, who did not teach his child a trade, taught him to steal. The greatest thing a father can teach his child is the life of a Christian. Trades will take us through this life but faithful obedience to God will take us through this life and into eternity. Let us give our children heritages that will last beyond the grave.

Fathers are also commanded of God to admonish their children, again it is to be the admonition of the Lord. God instructs fathers that we must teach and then we must correct by rebuking and warning. 

Fathers will not be perfect but let us determine that we will follow the example set by our heavenly Father.