Fathers - Bless Your Children
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalms 127:3-5
“Speak blessings upon your children. Of all the tools God gave you to raise a child, the most powerful is your tongue. Use it for good.” Hayford
1. Jesus The Example.
“Then He went down with them and came to
, and was subject
to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favor with God and men.” Luke
“This verse contains the history of thirty years. It describes the growth of our Lord as a natural, human growth (compare Luke 1:80); for, though Jesus was truly divine, he was also perfectly man. To try to distinguish between the divine and human in Jesus, is to waste time upon an impracticable mystery which is too subtle for our dull and finite minds. His life expanded like other human lives. He learned as other boys; he obeyed as other children. As he used means and waited patiently for growth, so must each individual Christian, and so must the church. Though the latter is a mystical body, and animated by the Holy Spirit, it must nevertheless make increase of itself before coming to the perfect man—Eph 4:16.” —McGarvey, Four-Fold Gospel
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Eph 6:1-4
“The power of words is not evident just when God uses them in creating. It is also evident in His ways that teach us how to live within that creation. All the Father’s laws are essentially God’s guidelines for making life “work” in the realm He has created for man’s fruitfulness and fulfillment.” Hayford
Many Ways to Bless
The first order of blessing is reflected by the simplest things we might do, which, though seemingly ordinary, carry an immense weight in telling children they are loved, cared for, valued and being “looked over” (rather than overlooked).
Remember those childhood experiences when you simply sensed the approval or care of a parent or loved one? We can learn from the ultimate Father by noting how He blesses us with His attentions in distinct ways that parallel our warmest memories as children when someone blessed us in simple yet affirming ways:
An arm over the shoulder or an embrace in a time of disappointment or fear (see Deut. 33:27)
A pat on the back or a firm steadying hand at a crucial moment (see Ps. 139:5)
A whisper in the ear, giving quiet assurance or secret instructions (see Is. 30:21)
A snug tucking in bed when surrounded by the darkness of night (see Ps. 127:2-3)
A kiss on the cheek or being dandled on a parent’s knee (see Ps. 103:13; “pities” is translated from the Hebrew word rawcham, which means “to tenderly love or caress”).
Blessings that come in words: (1) words that affirm and approve; (2) words that commend and compliment; (3) words that specifically speak love and affection; (4) words that invoke hope and self-confidence; and (5) words that answer pain and disappointment with support and faith. It is never wrong to encourage hope.
The fountainhead blessing in the Bible is found in Numbers 6:24-26. This is the blessing God ordained that the priests of
Israel use to speak blessing
in His name over His own children, whom He called “the children” of . Israel
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children of
. Say to them: "The Lord
bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious
to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you
peace." "So they shall put My
name on the children of Israel ,
and I will bless them." Numbers
Paul’s blessing: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Cor 13:14 (NKJV)