What comes to your mind when you think of the word “Dad”? Author Roger Thompson reported that in Ramsey County, Minnesota, grades 9 and 10 students were asked this same question. Answers came immediately from both ends of the spectrum. From reflections of “kindness, security, and safety,” to the words “angry, mad, and absent.” “Dad” is a powerful word and an even stronger influence. So it is no wonder that as we look into the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul specifically addressed the role of a father. Listen to this Sincerely Yours devotional as we unpack today’s reading.
Ephesians 6:1-9 (NIV)
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favouritism with him.