Challenge Thursday – Ephesians 6:2-4

Lisa Hjulberg is the challenge hostess this week over at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

“Honor your father and mother”–this is the first commandment with a promise: {3} “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” {4} And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:2-4 (NRSV)

Since next Sunday is Father’s Day, I picked making a Father’s Day card (or, alternatively, a card praising our Father in Heaven) as this week’s challenge… you don’t want to wait until the day of to make your cards do you? (*wink*) I asked one of the pastors at my church for a “good” scripture for Father’s Day. He kindly provided me with a few. I chose this one because it embodies the two sides of fatherhood… both parent and child.

Children are commanded by God to honor their father and mother. (As a side note, we are taught that this commandment extends to all those in authority over us.) In this scripture, Paul reminds us of this first commandment and then exhorts fathers to “not provoke [their children] to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In the NIV version, the words are “do not exasperate your children.” The footnote explains this means that “fathers must surrender any right they may feel they have to act unreasonably toward their children.” Very good advice, don’t you agree? And, of course, most importantly, fathers are told to raise their children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Unfortunately, no one is blessed with a father who never acts (or has acted) unreasonably toward his children and/or who has brought up their children perfectly in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. No one but our Lord is perfect and without sin. Nor have we, as children, always honored our earthly fathers. But the good news, my friends, is that our Heavenly Father will never act unreasonably towards us, and His commandments and the teachings of the Bible are filled with instruction on how to live Godly lives here on earth as we wait for the day when we claim everlasting life in His kingdom.

If you’re lucky enough to have your earthly father around, be sure to show him some love for father’s day… and at every opportunity you can. And since you’re blessed with a Heavenly Father, be sure to show Him your love every day. He wants to hear from you… right now… I promise. 😉

Challenge: Make a father’s day card or a card praising our Father in Heaven.

Card by Rachael Johnson

Supplies Used: Image by Michael’s Recollections, all other supplies are Stampin’ Up!

I love the inspiration behind the card and the story Rachael shared about her father on her blog.  Be sure to stop and visit!

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