The Power of Deeds

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

We can and must teach our children, but we cannot minimize the power of a consistent example. Some use flowery language to express their love, but consistent deeds over a long period of time will provide a compelling example that is impossible to ignore. The year-after-year pattern of godly character tells a story of its own. When children launch careers and establish families, they will face struggles deep and wide. Then they will remember dad’s example. We cannot minimize the power of example.

Some of the finest fathers speak very little. They don’t really need to. Their actions carry weight far beyond words. Of course, fathers should and must speak godly words to their families. But no words can match the power of a consistent life.

The Bible encourages us to good deeds and a godly example:

“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people” (Titus 3:8).

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us” (Philippians 3:17).

Some fathers do not speak with eloquence, or light up a room when they walk in. But they carry far more influence than all of the others combined. People take note of their deeds, performed day in and day out, over a long stretch of many years. Children may pretend they don’t pay attention, but they do. No one can ignore the power of a father with godly character. Children may stray for a season, even longer. But no faithful father should suppose his example goes unnoticed.

Fathers need not fear their children will forget. The prodigal, after squandering his wealth on vanity, remembered first his father (Luke 15:17). What will they remember? Their father’s character, shaped over a lifetime, impacting the little eyes who behold it. Do not grow discouraged in your daily struggles. Keep progressing in your faithful service to Christ, your labor will not be in vain, nor your influence ignored.

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