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A Father's Love Part 1
by Michael Isaacks
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Fathers Protect Their Child's Mind

Children’s children are the crown of old men;
and the glory of children are their fathers.
( Proverbs 17:6 )

Throughout the years, many people have looked at what mothers do for their children. And mothers do a lot, most of the time they probably do more for their children than their father does - especially the first 9 months! We may not say it often enough, but we appreciate you mothers, for everything you do. But this month, we want to do something that I cannot recall having been done even one time: We will look at what a Father does for his children!

A Father:
1. Trains his children.
" My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. "
( Proverbs 1:8-9 )

" Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son,tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. "
( Proverbs 4:1-4 )

" Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. "
( Proverbs 22:6 )
I am very strict on what I will allow my daughter Faith to watch. Some may say I am not strict enough, others may say I am too strict. But I am responsible for what goes into her mind. I want her to grow up to appreciate good programming and be able to distinguish what is bad. With this in mind, I read a review on the Scooby Doo movie that Focus On The Family's Plugged In Magazine did when it hit theatres and was not at all happy with what the people who wrote and filmed the movie had done with the storyline. Because of what they have done, I had to tell Faith that she could not see the Scooby Doo movie. But because I have steered her away from other harmful television shows, books and movies, she was disappointed but she understood why she couldn't see the movie. She trusts my judgment and that speaks volumes to me!

Last year, there was a story concerning a 16 year old boy in Austin, Minnesota who walked into a police station and asked for a ride home because he was “too drunk to walk home.” Of course, the media which reported this story made fun of this young man, saying that “alcohol can affect your judgment”, which is true, alcohol does slow down your reaction time and some say it destroys brain cells, but however, I felt that this young man was very intelligent in recognizing that in his condition he could not safely make it home, so he went to a place where he knew he would safely get home, even if it came with an underage drinking charge. No, the young man was not intelligent for drinking the alcohol, but he was intelligent for being responsible enough, even in his intoxicated position, to find safe transportation home. That tells me that his father had trained him in the way he should go, even though he obviously chose to rebel against his father’s teaching by going out (probably with friends who obviously were not as responsible as he was) drinking. He still listened to his father enough to act on what his father had taught him, and as a result, he got home safely. I’m sure he would agree that it is better to be charged with underage drinking and make it home safely than to fear being charged and try to walk home in your drunken condition and possibly never make it home. Fathers, talk to your children about alcohol and drugs—even cigarettes! And don’t do those things in front of them! The life you save may be your own children’s!

A Father:
2. Corrects his children.
" For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. "
( Proverbs 3:12 )

" He that spareth his rod hateth his son:
but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. "
( Proverbs 13:24 )

The last thing in the world I like to do is spank my daughter. ( What father does? ) That's why when I have to, Faith wails like I've killed her with a little spat. But, as we saw in Proverbs 22:6, If you will train up your children in the way they should go, when they are old, they will not depart from it.

A Father:
3. Protects his children.

I couldn't find a Scripture reference for this, but this is also why I ( and my wife ) wouldn't let Faith see Scooby Doo.

Everything I Have Is Yours

A Father:
4. Provides for his children.
In Luke chapter 15, we find the story of the Prodigal Son. But there's more to the story than, even though we will also look at this aspect, the return of the Prodigal Son and his father's reaction to it. We also have his older brother to contend with. In verse 12, the younger brother asks his father to give him the portion of goods which would be inherited to him. And what does the rest of the verse say? " and he gave him his living. " No! It says; " and he divided unto them his living. " So, here the father gave BOTH his sons their inheritance!

You know the story even though we will look at it again. The older son stayed behind to help his father work in the fields while his younger brother took his inheritance and lived the high life until the money ran out and he came to his senses and returned home. Now the older brother wasn't too happy that his father had killed " the fatted calf " and thrown a party to celebrate his wayward brother's return. When his father went out to the fields to look for him, the older son complained; " How many years have I served you and yet you never once let me have a goat so I could have a party with my friends. But as soon as that other son of yours drags himself back home after he wasted all your money you gave him, you kill the best calf we have! Now, why is that? " His understanding father simply replied; " Son, you are with me all the time. Everything I have is yours. " The text doesn't say this, but I believe the father probably went on to say; " All you had to do was ask and I would have gladly given you a goat to prepare for you and your friends to have a feast. "

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