Rod Handley, CEO of Character That Counts

‘A Father’s Blessing’

The Scripture declares in Deuteronomy 11:26; “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!”

When talking to sons and daughters about their father, many either claim their dad was a hero or a zero. If dad was around, they either loved him deeply or they despised him. Whether positive or painful, it’s always personal and can deeply affect the core of our identity and the direction of our lives.

The positive presence of a dad in a family shapes in many ways, a healthy masculinity in the lives of sons and also a healthy femininity in his daughters. On the flip side, the negative presence of a dad can create devastation. It is a high calling and responsibility to be a dad. It has been said, “Any man can be a father, but it is a tremendous responsibility and honor to be a dad.”

Dads pass on a legacy to their family—one which is either godly or one of sin and wickedness. Fathers pass on God’s blessing or God’s curse to future generations. A dad who refuses to live a godly life passes on to his children a life of captivity. Often, according to Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9 – a dad’s sin is reproduced generationally and the sin extends to the third and fourth generations. There is a direct tie between generational bondage and generational sin, which is why you find certain sins wreaking havoc on a family line generation after generation.

Proverbs 20:7 says, “The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” Let’s adjust accordingly this June of 2023 and be men of integrity who will be a blessing to those that follow us.  

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