September 23, 2018

A Father’s Love – By Joe R. Price

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

God described Israel as His child in Hosea 11:1-4: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. As they called them, so they went from them; they sacrificed to the Baals, and burned incense to carved images. I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.” A father guides and teaches his children (11:1-3). In love, God called Israel out of Egypt, guiding His son to freedom. Fathers teach their children, from their formative years to maturity and beyond, with the guidance of wisdom and understanding (Prov. 3:1-2; 4:20-23). Israel did not always and immediately follow the guidance of God, their Father.

In fact, Israel often turned away from its Father and served idols (Hos. 11:2). Children are quite similar. They do not always and immediately follow their father’s instruction and guidance. But, just as God sent His servants the prophets to Israel to call the nation to repentance and back to His law, fathers must repeatedly teach and guide their children even when they disobey. Do not lose heart when your child does not immediately follow your guidance. Keep training and calling your child to walk in the way of truth. That’s a father’s love. A father nurtures his children (11:3-4). God embraced Israel and nurtured His child, even as a father must cultivate his relationship with his children. Give your children your time and attention. Take them in your arms and draw them to you with gentle cords of love. By doing so you begin to know your children in a way that helps you address their problems and burdens. God healed and sustained Israel in times of distress, just as every father wishes to do for his own children. With strength and tenderness, a father engenders his child’s trust and reliance by developing his bond with his child. That’s a father’s love. A father corrects his children (Hos. 11:5-9). God did not ignore His child’s transgressions. When He punished Israel His heart churned within Him (Hos. 11:8; Amos 4:6-12). Yet, He applied the punishment with love, not with the terror of fierce anger (Hos. 11:9; Heb. 12:6). When you must correct your child, do not do it with hot anger. Your goal is to correct the child’s behavior, not provoke him to bitterness against you (Col. 3:21; Heb. 12:10-11). Fathers apply corrective discipline when their children sin. That’s a father’s love.

 

 

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