A Thought for Fathers

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.Ephesians 6:4

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Colossians 3:21

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12

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

Proverbs 22:6


Many people have pointed out the problem facing the United States is fatherless in homes. It doesn't matter the ethnic, socioeconomic, or many other factors: several analysts agree that the absence of fathers in homes contributes several risks as children grow up, perhaps affecting families for generations. Sources say at least 1 in 3 homes lack fathers, and such individuals are 4x more at risk to be in poverty, are at risk for higher rates of abuse, drug use, incarceration, and not finish school (Go to fatherhood.org and similar websites for statistics on fatherhood absence)

As a dad, I realize I have an important job. My sons are looking up to me, they're carbon copies. They are going to become men like me. They're going to treat their future wives based on how I treat their mother. They get their impression of God based on me (many well known atheists and former believers have had no fathers, or issues with their fathers). My marriage to their mother, my example as a man, how I reflect my faith will ultimately inform their decision to follow Jesus or not. Fathers, we don't merely leave an impression, we lead the way for our children. Good, bad, indifferent, we matter, and inform the adults our children become. Shouldn't we make, then, the time we have with them matter? Shouldn't we lead our Children as we ourselves follow Jesus?


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