Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. Colossians 3:21 (NRSV)
God is the model that all parents should follow. The task of every human father is to be for his children an image of the Father in heaven. In this verse, we are reminded of a very important attribute of God – God is the one who gives hope,encourages, and inspires, so that His children do not lose heart.
Parents are to give their children “Roots and Wings,” both of which is based on God. Our faith in God is the foundation that we need. The God who created us has a plan and purpose for us.
Therefore the children of God are to have hope in God. They do not trust in their own strength or power. They are to rely on God to help them through life. More than self- confidence, children should be taught confidence in God. They need to be taught that their true happiness is in God. The things of this world will only give them short term happiness. But doing the will of their Father in Heaven that makes them happy. Children need to be taught and shown by example that life as a Christian will not be easy, but the reward is worth it.
All parents need to understand that great privilege and responsibility that they have. They need to thank God for their children and strive to live and love like their Father in Heaven, so they can set the right example for their children here on Earth.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
– Rev. Shibi Abraham