Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Affection And Affirmation!

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begets a wise child shall have joy in him. (Prov. 23:24) 

To you who bear the name "Dad," I cannot impress upon you enough how imperative it is that we show our affection. We can do that in two ways. First, we affirm who our child is; and second, we appreciate what our child does. This twofold assurance, however, must be given in more than words. Affection---the nonverbal communication of closeness---is among the most important experiences we share with our children. . . . 

Unaffectionate dads, without ever wishing to do so, can trigger a daughter's promiscuity. All this leads me to write with a great deal of passion, dads. . . don't hold back your affection! Demonstrate your feelings of love and acceptance to both sons and daughters. . . . They will love for you for it. And, more importantly, they will emulate your example when God gives them a family of their own. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

I could not help but think long and hard about the importance to having a father at home. As I thought about this and understood the role of the father in the home when it comes expressing affection and affirmation, it became imperative to me to understand how the affirmation and affection is expressed to the kids in the way the father treats the wife and mother of the kids. 

My grandfather has instilled in me that the best way to instill affection and affirmation in the lives of those around me, especially any future children I'm blessed with, is to express them through the woman God has placed in my life. The affection and affirmation I provide the woman in my life has to be expressed publicly in a manner that can be easily understood by the kids.

Most countries around the world are governed by men. God has given man the capacity to influence anyone within their sphere of influence. Within the home as husbands and fathers, men have the capacity to provide affection and affirmation to his wife and children. As a result, God will have provided us (men) the opportunity to influence our homes for Christ. Affection and affirmation, when centered in Christ, is not only a powerful tool and force in the lives of the ones we love in the life, but also paves the way for all of our loved ones for the next life when all of us will have an opportunity to experience those same sentiments from our Heavenly Father. When it's all said and done, that is the chief aim of all of us as Christians, This not only applies to the dads out there, but too the moms as well.

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! My hope and prayer is that all the dads who read this will be motivated in the Spirit to express godly affection and affirmation to our children regardless of what the living situation looks like. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).