Today we again continue our series on praying for families. Be sure to check out all the posts in this series here.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Last week we looked at Ephesians 6:4 which dealt with fathers not provoking their children to wrath. Today, looking at Colossians 3:21, we will look a bit more at fathers and not provoking their children to anger- through hypocracy.
Let’s face it, we all struggle in our christian walk at some point or another. Earlier today was one of my struggles that I posted about. We aren’t perfect and so we make mistakes…Fathers make mistakes which their children see.
But this post has nothing to do with simply making mistakes. It is about Christian fathers pretending to be what they are not.
In some homes, there are some fathers who live lives that make their children resent the God whom they claim to be representing. Looking from the outside, many fathers look like perfect examples of godly men. But those on the inside have a totally different picture.
And being pretensive does such great harm to the image of God that is portrayed to children.
“I never want to be like my father!”
“If my father is a Christian, I never want to be a Christian!”
“If this is what Christianity looks like I never want to be a Christian!”
These sentences have sadly been spoken by children who grew up in Christian homes.
These words have been spoken by children who have been so discouraged by their fathers who have pretended to be what they are not. Many children look at the fathers, not with the love that is befitting of a child, but with resentment, scorn and even hatred.
And so today fathers, when you make mistakes, don’t pretend. When you fail at something don’t try to make it seem like you are perfect. Don’t pretend that all is peaches and cream when it is not.
Live real lives before your children so that they will be able to see you turn to the real God for help, so that even though you fail they are not discouraged, but rather encouraged by seeing you cling to God in your weakness.