How to Bless Your Children Worksheet
How Does a Person Receive a Blessing?
- Obedience, Deut 11:26 Behold I set before you this day a blessing and a curse. A blessing if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day; and a curse if you will not obey. The B attitudes in Matt 5:3-11 there are certain blessings that go along with obedience.
- By being a blessing: I Peter 3:9, Matt 5:44, Romans 12:14 We are to bless the good and the bad, even those who curse us, revile us and persecute us and thus we inherit the blessing of God upon us.
- By having a blessing bestowed upon us, such as a father to his children. i.e. Isaac to Jacob and Esau, Gen 27:27-29. This goes back even further than Abraham even to the days of Noah when he cursed Ham but blessed Shem and Jepeth Gen 9:26&27.
How Does a Father Give a Blessing to His Family?
The Old Testament blessing of the family many times had to do with the promise of the coming Christ or another way of putting it, was a home where the blessing of the Lord Jesus was passed on. This was not some sterile theological concept but a relational truth that would affect all aspect of the family's life and faith, as well as their love and acceptance of one another. Good and godly Jewish families pronounced blessing upon their families because they were heirs to the promise. It would seem that we as Abraham's seed would even be more ready to pass on the blessing sense we have received the fullness of the promise in the Lord Jesus.
The Family Blessing Includes:
- A meaningful touch. Isaac kissed Jacob before he blessed him and Jacob put his hands on his son's head as he blessed them.
- A spoken message. Words are powerful and should be treated as such. Well thought out and prayed over words should be spoken in a blessing.
- Attach high value to the one being blessed. A blessing has honor attached to it. To honor is to draw from within and bestow on another.
- Picturing a special future for the one being blessed. All the promises of God are yea and amen in Christ. We have a blessed hope in this life and in the life to come.
- An active commitment to the one being blessed. Job was a man who blessed his children and even after they were grown he offered sacrifices and prayers on their behalf in case any of them had sinned in their hearts against the Lord Job 1:5.
The above 1 through 5 were taken from the book "The Blessing" by Gary Smalley and John Trent.