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Children And Fathers" Building a Better Relationship

Scripture Reading: Collosians 3:20-21

Father’s Don’t Provoke Your Children…

There's a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father set off to find him. He searched for months to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father.” On Saturday, 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers.*

Have you ever known a Paco?  Maybe you’ve been one. Your relationship with your dad was…difficult.  Either because of his anger or aloofness, or because of your rebelliousness or attitude, you never had a great relationship.  Paul’s desire is for fathers to relate well to their children. But, how does that happen? What are some barriers to having a great relationship with your child?  This morning, we keep moving through the book of Colossians with some words of wisdom from Paul in Colossians 3. Join us as we discover what it takes to be good fathers and obedient children.

*Story taken from Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, p. 13.

Sometimes, we do things as parents to irritate and estrange our children from us.  Sometimes, our children disobey us, which can make things even more difficult. The relationship between parents and children can be difficult, right?  This is especially true if you didn’t have a good relationship with your parents. Whether you want to or not, you sometimes find yourself making the same mistakes with your kids that your parents made with you.  Often, parent/child difficulties are generational and continue whether we want it to or not.

The question is, how do we get out of the mess that parenting can be?  Scripture has some great things to say about how to be a good parent, as well as advice to kids on how to make things easier on mom and dad.  We’ll look at two of these pieces of wisdom this morning from Colossians 3:20-21.



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