The saying is trite but true nevertheless: ďAnyone can be a daddy, but it takes a special person to be a father.Ē
Fathers in the home are in short supply. Homes with several children, each by a different father, and none living in the home are rapidly increasing. Studies on the consequences of absentee fathers show childrenís behavior and emotional well being are affected.
But simply being in the home isnít enough. Fathers must play an active role. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
Fathers should bring discipline. Mothers provide it also-and must sometimes do it alone when the father doesnít do his part, but fathers should take the lead. Parents differ in what methods are most effective, but discipline should teach respect for authority, adherence to house rules and most of all obedience to Godís standards.
By example, fathers should teach their sons how to treat women. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Christ died for the church. Mothers are equal partners in the relationship and should be treated with respect and unconditional love.
Fathers bring support to the family. Men were once the primary ďbread winners.Ē Though this isnít always true presently, fathers should ensure their familyís needs are met.
God charges fathers to bring spiritual headship to the home. In single parent homes, mothers are often forced to take this role, but when both parents are present itís the fatherís responsibility to teach Godís standards to his children along with the motherís support.
Fathers also provide male role models-especially for their sons. Through their example, fathers teach responsibility, stability, love, that itís permissible to cry and show other emotions and that serving God isnít just something for women because theyíre weak.
If youíre a father, what do you need to bring to your family?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, enable us to be the kind of fathers You designed us to be. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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