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Fathers, Bring Up Your Children


Ephesians 6:4

As I sit here at my computer, I can look out the window and see a lot of what goes on in the neighborhood. Right now, a father has two of his kids on the basketball court. One of them is in the stroller, and he comes over to that one from time to time to talk and make sure all is well. He is playing basketball with the other one, a boy of about four or five. He is obviously engaged with his kids and enjoys being with them. This is great to see.


Scripture challenges fathers to bring up their children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Today, social science and other disciplines are confirming what God’s word plainly teaches - that the presence and role of the father in bringing up children is vital for a child to be emotionally, socially and spiritually well adjusted.

Fathers matter! And we fathers should be aware and very thankful that we have the best example of fatherhood in how our heavenly Father brings up His children. Fathers should take their cues from Him. Just like our heavenly Father, we fathers need to...

...teach our children right from wrong.

...let them learn and experience on their own.

...teach them about life.

...discipline appropriately.

...praise abundantly.

...teach them about God.

...be available for them.

...teach them respect for others.

...provide for their needs - all their needs.

...listen to them a lot.

...tell them the truth.

...teach them when to have fun and when to be serious.

...be patient with them.

...always tell them you love them.

...show them how much you love them.


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