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WANTED: GODLY FATHERS WHO WILL RAISE THE NEXT GENERATION TO THE GLORY OF GOD

18 May

                      Turning the Hearts of Fathers & Their Children to Each Other
 
Intro.
1. The need for godly fathers has always been great
 
2. Reciprocal, complimenting relationship:
 
a. Father: Producer, provider, protector.
 
b. Child: Product, recipient, protected.
 
3. Eph. 6:4: When fathers turn their hearts away from their children they sin against God & their children, themselves & society.
 
4. Eph. 6:1-3: When the hearts of children are turned away from their fathers they sin against God & their fathers, themselves & society.
 
5. Mal. 4:6: And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
 
6. The hearts (affections) of fathers & children must turn toward God & toward each other, or God’s judgment will surely strike.
 
 
 
I. TURNING HEARTS: A MATTER OF CONVERTED HEARTS.
 
A. The Heart: Will & Affection.
 
1. Inner man includes our affections, character & commitment.
 
2. Love from the heart: Fathers are to show both agape & phileo (love) toward their children: Not easy for many men!
 
3. The Father’s love for the Son: agape (Jno. 3:35); phileo (Jno. 5:20).
 
4. Elements of goodwill, trust, commitment, care, respect as well as deep affection & devotion.
 
5. Children’s love will reflect what they receive (learn what they live).
 
B. Hearts that are Ready to Repent (Acts 26:20); cf. Lk. 1:17.
 
1. Repentance required in order to improve parent-child relations:
 
a. Turn from selfishness to giving. (Our time, interests, etc.)
 
b. Turn from pride to humility. (Admit mistakes, accept advice…)
 
c. Turn from stubborn ignorance to learning (the knowledge, experience & wisdom of fathers).
 
C. Hearts that are Ready to Seek & Give Forgiveness, cf. Lk. 15:18-22.
 
 
 
II. TURNING THE HEARTS OF FATHERS TO THEIR CHILDREN (Gen. 18:19).
 
A. Do Not Provoke to Wrath (exasperate, discourage), Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21.
 
1. Unrealistic demands/expectations, cf. 2 Cor. 8:12; Matt. 25:15.
 
2. Favoritism, Gen. 25:27-28; 27:41; 37:4.
 
3. Failure to discipline, Prov. 3:12; 29:15, 17 (20:30).
 
B. Nurture your Children (bring them up), Eph. 6:4.
 
1. Teach your child, 1 Ths. 2:10-11:
 
a. Exhort, comfort, charge (2:11).
 
1) By setting examples (2:9-10), education (2:9), explanations & sharing experiences (2:7-8); cf. Jno. 5:20.
 
2) By giving needed warnings, 1 Cor. 4:14-16.
 
b. Requires good use of your time: Set priorities & let some things go, Eph. 5:16.
 
c. Require persistence, patience & prayer, cf. Judg. 13:8.
 
2. Lay up eternal things for your child, 2 Cor. 12:14.
 
 
 
III. TURNING THE HEARTS OF CHILDREN TO THEIR FATHERS.
 
A. Hearts that will Listen to their Fathers, Prov. 1:8-9; 7:24.
 
B. Hearts that will Learn from their Fathers, Prov. 4:1-7, 10-13, 20-22.
 
-This will bless you & bring joy to your father, Prov. 29:3 (3 Jno. 4).
 
C. Hearts that will Live their Father’s Instruction, Prov. 3:1-2, 21-26.
 
1. Jesus set this example, Jno. 8:29, 55.
 
2. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph. 6:1).
 
D. Hearts that will Respect Parents, Eph. 6:2.
 
1. Obedience shows respect, Jno. 8:26-29.
 
2. Be respectful in you speech & treatment your father & mother, Prov. 30:11-14, 17 (20:20); Exo. 21:17.
 
3. Don’t take advantage of your parents, cf. Prov. 28:24.
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
1. Mal. 4:6: Hard hearts that refuse to turn back will suffer God’s wrath & punishment (“great & dreadful day of the Lord,” 4:5).
 
2. Psa. 127:3-5: Children are a blessing from God; a reward & a challenge.
 
3. Lev. 19:32: Parents are honored by those who fear God.
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