Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
These are some more ways you can bless your children:
The fourth thing you can do to bless your children is to speak, because you know the power of your words. Do you realize how powerful your words are? Your actions back up your words, but we bless our children with words because they need them. The words of a father stick like glue. I read a study recently that found children are more affected by the parent who has the most power. It has been said that mothers make the greatest impact, but I know some studies indicate that fathers have a very large impact. Their words can wound, or their words can heal. They can either be a launch pad to success or a springboard into defeat. We need to know that our words have power.
Fifth, encourage your children to walk with God. Jacob did that with Joseph. He was saying, “God has His hands around you. He is helping you pull the bow back. He has His hand on you.” Jacob was encouraging Joseph to continue walking with God. One of the greatest things you could ever do is to teach your children how to come to faith in Jesus and encourage them to keep walking with Christ.
Sixth, bless them, because if you don’t, someone else will. It is important that you realize, if you don’t bless your children, God will raise someone else up to bless them. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great preacher of yesteryear, related how another man had blessed him as a child. Spurgeon remembered this man putting him on his lap, blessing him and saying that God was going to use him. This was even before Spurgeon was converted at age 15. The impact of this man on Spurgeon’s life was huge. The words that someone else had spoken into his life charted his course for the days to come. It is important that we understand we are to be men and women who bless our children, because God has blessed them. If God is the ultimate example of being a parent, we should follow suit and encourage our children as much as we can while we are here on this earth. I pray that you will be mindful of how you can be a blessing to your children. God will use you to impact their lives and ultimately their walk with the Lord in a mighty way.