Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Men's Fraternity Week 24

Men’s Fraternity
Week #24 – Blessing Letter to Children/Siblings

Introduction: Letter Accountability

  • How did you present your letter from last week?
  • What kind of reaction did you receive?
  • If you did not deliver your letter, tell your group when you plan to deliver it and how you plan to deliver it.

Proverbs 3:27-28
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

I. Family blessing hinges on 5 key elements.

  1. Meaningful touch

  2. Mark 10:13-16
    And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

  3. A spoken message
    • The misconception we have is that simply being present communicates blessing.
    • We need to be aware how powerful the absence of spoken words can be. (Most common phrase: “I’ll tell them tomorrow.”)
    Proverbs 18:21
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

    Proverbs 10:11
    The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

    Proverbs 10:31-32
    The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

  4. Attach high value to the one being blessed.
    • In the Hebrew the root meaning of blessing is to “bow the knee”.
    • It is important that you point out the qualities and character traits not the performance.
  5. Picture a special future for the one being blessed.
    • Words that picture a special future are like a campfire on a dark night.
    • In John 14:2-3 Jesus went to great lengths to assure the insecure disciples that they had a special future with Him.

    John 14:2-3
    In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

  6. Make an active commitment to fulfill the blessing.

  7. James 2:15-16
    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

    • Mere words of blessing are not enough
    • Follow through is key to conveying the truth of the blessing.

    Proverbs 22:6
    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

    • The better we know the bent of our child and their unique set of needs the better we will be able to give them their own unique blessing.

Dealing with Children rejecting your godly legacy.

1 Corinthians 3:8
He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

  • Parenting is about planting and watering.
  • Know your purpose and work together
  • Reward is based on the work done not based on who your children become.

The greatest legacy you can leave your kids is who you were as a Christ-follower. What your children do with who you were is their choice.

Personal application/exercise:

Take the time we have left and use the fill in the blanks and write your favorite memories of your oldest child or the one that may need this letter most at this time. If you have no children write it to your sibling, friend, or mentor in your life.

Sharing what you wrote: Share which person you wrote and three memories.

Deliver your letter by our next session!

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