“Anyone can be a Father…
but it takes a real man to be a Daddy.”
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
– Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
A father needs to be someone who their child/s can go to for compassion. Teaching them respect for themselves
21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
– Colossians 3:21 (NIV)
A father without compassion provokes their children to anger.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
– Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)
Discipline is a very important part of a Good Father. And It needs to be consistent on a daily basis.
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
– Hebrews 12:7 (NIV)
Be a Teacher
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
– Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
We are to train up our children with the instruction of the Lord. Using wisdom to apply the instruction.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
– Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
– Proverbs 23:24 (NIV)
The application of the information is Wisdom.
We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old:
– Psalms 44:1 (NKJV)
We need to instruct with our children using what we’ve seen and experienced during our relationship with God. They should know how God has impacted our lives. Because it will encourage with in them their own relationship with God.
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
– Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
Be a Leader
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
– Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
“As long as you are under my roof”…
7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
– Proverbs 20:7 (NIV)
Things to Remember:
- We learn from our Dads the good and bad.
- Let the Lord guide your instruction through wisdom.
- Be diligent in your children’s lives in order to protect them from the enemy.
- Tell your children sorry, when you’ve made a mistake.
- Lean on God, the scriptures and the fellowship to help structure a child’s upbringing.