In honor of Father’s Day, here are sixteen principals about being a father that we should remember from scripture:
All good parenting begins with a fear of the Lord.
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26
Fathers set the tone for their household. Make sure your God is at the center of your family.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
The chief job of a father is to teach his children biblical wisdom at all times.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Always remember that children are a blessing from God.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalms 127:3-5
Find your parenting strength in God.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Talk to your children about the Bible and help them to learn scripture. Use scripture as the basis for your parenting.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God works through fathers to impact their children and families.
For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him. Genesis 18:19
Teach your children wisdom and they will bring you joy.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Proverbs 23:24
Teach your children to lead their lives based on a biblical worldview.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
The way you lead your life can be a blessing to your children.
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7
Remember that your choices and actions will impact your children, their children, and on and on.
And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7
A good father disciplines his son out of love and with love.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12
Do not provoke your children.
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Parenting is a temporary stewardship. Marriage is forever. The best thing you can do for your children is to be a good husband.
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Ephesians 5:28-31
God cares about the relationship between fathers and their children.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:6
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