Raise Them So You Can Like Them (3 of 8) by Steve Jones

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Raise Them So You Can Like Them (3 of 8)
Steve Jones
Ephesians 6:4

INTRO: One boy said "Mother's day is just like father's day except you don't spend as much on the present."

Father's day is important because it helps to focus our attention on a Biblical priority - family.

We're talking about fatherhood this morning and it's an important subject.

EPHESIANS 6:4 "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."

I maintain that the surest way to exasperate our children is to raise them to be unlikable. I'll give you three reasons why.

1) If we do not like our children they will know it, and an important basis of communication is destroyed.
a. Children are highly intuitive. They can sense when they are liked and when they aren't, when someone's affection is genuine and when it is fake.

EX: Some parents wonder why they have poor communication with their teenagers. It's not hard to figure out. The teenager thinks to himself "My Dad doesn't like my friends, my clothes, my music or my values. My Dad doesn't like me. Why should I listen to him?"

2) Children that no one likes find it difficult to like themselves; their self-respect is damaged.

3) The unlikable child will be abused by the world for the rest of life.
a. Socially, emotionally, economically, spiritually - you name it, he'll be a loser.
b. Nobody likes an obnoxious brat. Even if it's mine or yours. WE may put up with the garbage because it's our kid, but the world won't.

Little obnoxious brats grow up to be big obnoxious brats. They don't make quality friendships, they don't get the job or the promotion, and they don't make it in the kingdom because they're too self-centered to put God first.

Prov.23:24 "The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him."Prov.10:1 "A wise son brings joy to his father, but a fool ...

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