FATHERS ARE...

Ephesians 6:1-3 says,

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

 

Colossians 3:18-20,

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

 

1. FATHERS ARE PROVIDERS

 

Matthew 7:9-10,

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

 

1 Timothy 5:8,

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12,

10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

 

2. FATHERS ARE PROTECTORS

 

Hebrews 12:4-11,

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

 

Proverbs 3:11-12,

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

 

3. FATHERS ARE PURSUERS

 

Psalms 27:4,

4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

 

1 John 4:19,

19 We love because he first loved us. 

 

What we leave TO our children is not nearly as important as what we leave IN our Children.

 

Ephesians 6:4 says,

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.