God lays a heavy responsibility upon fathers: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers who themselves do not live under the discipline of the Lord, do not seek to be nurtured by God’s Word, do not admit their faults and seek forgiveness from God, will provoke their children to anger.
“He (the father) who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him early” (Proverbs 13:24). “What son is there whom a father does not chasten?…Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:7,11).
Fathers are called to reflect God in caring and providing for their children, teaching them and punishing them when they sin, and when they repent of their wrong forgive them even as God for Christ’s sake forgives fathers. Hear of this instruction and forgiveness at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.