PSALMS 127 VERSES 3-5
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
EPHESIANS 6 VERSE 4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
PSALMS 103 VERSE13
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
PROVERBS 13 VERSE 24
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
PROVERBS 13 VERSE 22
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
DEUTERONOMY 6 VERSES 6 & 7
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
COLOSSIANS 3 VERSE 19
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
Most children desire to have a close relationship with their earthly fathers. Fathers who exhibit the godly principles outlined above are more likely to attain such relationships with their children. These Biblical principles set a very high standard for fathers to attain; as fathers, we should pray that we attain them. These verses also show us that children are a heritage from God which means that children belong to God first and foremost, and are gifted to fathers. Being a child of God means that God is our heavenly Father. He, too, wants a relationship with us and provides a way for us to attain it.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
Fathers may not always attain what the Bible calls for us to do, but we should strive for the standard God has set. It has been said that the greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother. Loving their mother is only one of the things we are to give our children. We should also instruct them, discipline them, have compassion on them, provide an inheritance for them, and teach them God’s Word. We are also not supposed to provoke them to anger. It is a tall order for fallen men, but with God all things are possible. Fathers must constantly seek God so that he can sustain and refresh them in the execution of our duties.
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