Last Sunday, June 18, 2017, was Father's Day, and Pastor Ed Allen preached a sermon for fathers from Colossians 3:21
Our hearts long for a father.
Colossians 3:21 says, "Fathers, do not embitter your children or they will become discouraged."
Six Ways to Cause Bitterness in Your Children:
You're controlled by worry.
3) Pushing achievement beyond reasonable bounds
Think how it would be if God expected us to act beyond our capacity.
4) Absence of encouragement
We all need significance and security. Tell your kids, "You've got this!" and "You are lovable!"
5) Using love as a tool of approval or disapproval
6) Physical or verbal abuse
Result: They will become discouraged.
The opposite is hope and confidence.
As Americans, we have a love affair with confidence, but we're in love with a fantasy, a vapor. When life assaults us, our confidence doesn't sustain us.
Paul wants fathers who build God-confidence, which can't be overcome. This is what our heavenly Father does for us. He gives us confidence in His love for us.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 - we "rely not on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead."
The best way to encourage this kind of hope and confidence is to be this kind of person.