Father’s Do: Reflection #1

‘Fathers, do bring your children up…’ (Ephesians 6:4).  If you think that is obvious, think again!

AbseEph 6 - DOnt fathers cannot bring their children up. Neither do distant or negative fathers. ‘Bring up’ is a caring word that means to nurture or to shepherd.  It is a farming word that can be used for raising day old chicks. Chicks demand daily or even hourly attention to make sure that they have food and water, are protected from disease and that their conditions are just right for healthy growth. It is worth it when your chicks are the best on market day.

To bring their children up well, fathers must give them love, care and attention every day. Fathers need to understand their children’s joys and sorrows, successes and failures and be ready to stand back to let them discover what they can do on their own or to step in and rescue them when they need help. Bringing up children is a lot of work but it’s worth all the effort when our children succeed in life.

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As an old man John wrote, ‘I have no greater joy than to know that my children are walking in the truth.’ (3 John 4)