Ephesians 6:4 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
It is imperative for every child to grow up knowing about the Lord; knowing who He is, and what He’s like. It is also important for a child to be taught to love their Creator God.
Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might... vs 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
However, a Father’s role in nurturing his children plays a big part in their lives. Fathers can either lead their children to develop in a religious, bitter way (which may cause them to resent Christianity) or they can be nurtured in a loving, better way. (Which will help them learn and grow to love God)
Here are some ways to nurture your children for the Lord.
F = Faith
Fathers are to be men of Faith, men of God leaving a pattern for their children to follow:
I heard someone once say, “A breach in the wall of the home or a crack in the foundation of the family provides the devil an opening to destroy the framework of both.”
Christian Fathers must be diligent in making sure that their family is strong in the Lord. Making sure the foundation is a good foundation that is based on faith in God’s Word. 1 Timothy 4:16
A = Affection
It is a good thing that our children know that we love them. It is understood that love is an action and must be demonstrated sacrificially. However, it is good to assure our children that we love them. God demonstrated His love towards us physically and verbally. John 3:16
T = Trust
Without trust no relationship is able to prosper. Broken trust can be rebuilt, however it takes a true repentant heart and time. Do not give any reason for your children not to trust you. Do not make promises you cannot keep, and do not lie to them. As a father, if you cause discouragement in your children‘s lives, be sorry, and ask for their forgiveness. Colossians 3:21
H = Honesty
Our children are watching our every move. It has been said, “What people see people do.” It is important that we live an honest life. Be sure to pay your taxes and keep yourself from debt. Acts 6:3
E = Encouragement
Flattering our children will not help their ego as they grow up. Children must be taught to do their best for God instead striving to be the best. In saying that, it is important to encourage our children, to mentor them and when they fail and fall, we should help them and pray for them and with them. Do not kick your child when he is down; that’s Satan’s job. Admonish them to do their best for God. Ephesians 6:4
R = Rebuke
If you love your child you will not leave them to their own devises, but rather you should discipline them when you see fit to do so. Biblical rebuke will help keep them from a greater fall in the future. Proverbs 27:5-6, Proverbs 13:24. Hebrews 12:5-8
CH Spurgeon once said “God has a heavy hand for His sinful children. Other fathers may spoil their children with indulgence, but the Lord will not spoil His children. If we sin, we shall feel the weight of God’s hand. We ought to thank Him for this, for though it brings great sorrow, yet it brings great safety to us. The worst thing that can happen to a man is to be allowed to sin and yet to be happy in it.” S = Sacrifice
Loving our children means we make time for them. We must befriend them. A loving Father must invest quality time with them. - Ephesians 5:2
John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."