Dads, Your Words Are Powerful

Day 2 of 4 • This day’s reading

Devotional

The Bible’s #1 warning to Dads


Over the years, in the pressures of life, different emotions can come out than just that simple, pure-hearted love the first time you held your newborn child. 


The Bible’s primary warning to Dads also seems to line up as the number one challenge for most dads when it comes to raising their children. 


Ephesians 6:4 tells us, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” 


Colossians 3:21 doubles this up, saying “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”


Dads, your words to your children are powerful. 


You often don’t get to take your words back –  once they are spoken to your child, they go deep into their spirit. It is imperative that you always remember to be careful what you say, and how you treat your children. Be careful in your discipline of them, that you don’t lose your influence with them by being too harsh.


The Bible warns against provoking our children and diminishing their spirits. It is often when we are angry, harsh or lose our temper that we say things we don’t mean that we provoke our children. This causes us little by little to lose our influence with our children, and their view of us as their earthly father also deeply affects their view of God as their heavenly Father.