Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—this is the first commandment with a promise: “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4 (New Revised Standard Version)

We’ve heard advice given to parents in the last few years: “You’re your children’s parent, not their friend.” I guess it depends on how you define “friend.” I’m thinking of the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” If Jesus can be our friend and call us that, too, then surely a parent can be a friend to the children, including dads who can do that. What might that mean in this case? Friends provide a listening ear. Friends are the ones you can talk to about nearly anything. Friends share deep thoughts, emotional thoughts with one another. But there are times when it becomes necessary to discipline children, and I don’t mean just punishment. Any punishment will ideally be a teaching moment, meant to guide the child into better choices, better words and actions. That guidance and instruction is with the Lord’s words, from scripture and ongoing guidance that the Holy Spirit leads dads to hear and take to heart. A dad’s job isn’t easy, but it can be done. Let it be so as we approach Father’s Day this year. Amen.

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