UNDERSTANDING A FATHERS’ HEART AS A LEADER
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES
This is truly a very important question that most Fathers need to understand and ask, and then seek answers from God. This is what the Word of God says to all Fathers. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 ESV)
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Fathers, instruct children to “keep vigilant watch over their heart; that’s where life starts” (4:23).”
Too many fathers have no desire for the Word of God and they are raising angry vengeful children because they are not committed to training their children in spiritual principles as God commands. Of course, they cannot train the child if they are ignorant of God’s principles themselves. That is a picture of the American father as I see it today.
We know that sometimes fathers fail to accept the responsibility God has given them toward their wives and children. Many fathers pursue their own selfish interests thus abandoning the role God has given them.
Whenever Fathers fail to fulfill their role of Godly Leadership, the responsibility for leading their children will wrongly pass to a child’s peer group, a school or even the television. When an absent parent’s egoistic barked orders are met with resistance and rebellion, out of frustration and impatience a worldly Father might then even further discourage his children by cursing them. Instead, every Father needs to accept the leadership roles God has given him. This will require Fathers to possess a heart devoted to God, to show their children how to live and to model serving others through love.
Now let us take a closer look the Leadership role that a Father has been given and try to UNDERSTAND A FATHERS’ HEART.
His strength encourages, his love guides; he is protector and provider; he instills wisdom by sharing his own life experiences. A father wears many hats while diligently seeking the best for all children, not just his own. UNDERSTANDING A FATHERS’ HEART allows us to see the wisdom God has given him so that he might serve as a light for those entrusted to his care. A real father seeks God for guidance before making decision that will affect a child in life. Children, if you don’t have that man in your life; always remember you have it in God, he is your Father.
UNDERSTANDING A FATHERS’ HEART is about understanding the person in that role who takes on the challenge of serving as a well-spring of resource and knowledge that can guide young hearts toward the road they will travel in life. It is a big responsibility, one not to be taken lightly, because in the eyes of God, children are precious beings. Teaching them about love will influence their relationships in life as they grow. A real father is expected to guide, discipline and lead by example while instilling the true meaning of character into those he lead.
Proverbs teaches much about parent child relationship and responsibilities which helps in understanding a fathers’ heart. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7 MGS). My son, hear the instruction of your father; do not forsake the law of your mother for they will be a graceful ornament on your head and chains about your neck (verse 8, 9).
UNDERSTANDING A FATHERS’ HEART helps us to understand the charge in relation to obedience. Children are to do what their parents tell them, the promise is this, “Honor your father and mother so you will live a long life.” Fathers are not to exasperate their children by coming down hard on them, but take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master (Ephesians 6: 1-4 MGS).
A father with wisdom and understanding is an honor, a gift from God; he diligently shares wise teachings and encourages as he encounter struggles among his children. He is about pursuing his purpose in life as a teacher, leader, brother and most of all a father. Celebrate Fathers’ Day in a very special way; make “UNDERSTANDING A FATHERS’ HEART” your gift by letting someone you know or admire that they are appreciated for all they share. Be thankful to your heavenly Father for allowing you the opportunity to share in the blessing of earthly fathers.
“Many-a-father have traveled the road you’ve yet to travel.” We send our Blessings to all Fathers that this week will encourage you to make an extra effort to be a Strong and Godly Father that will help your Children and all Children that God will send into your pathway to themselves become Godly Children.
- Spiritual Fathering and The Kingdom of God (aaronjohnsonflc.wordpress.com)
- When Dad Lets Us Down, Heavenly Father Lifts Us Up. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- God as Father (ldspiritualtransformation.wordpress.com)
- Fathers who lead (okiemanofgod.wordpress.com)
- My Father Knows Best! (wisejunction.wordpress.com)