A Man of Integrity & Faith: Honoring the Christian Father
“Children who grow up with involved fathers are 39% more likely to earn mostly A’s in school, 45% less likely to repeat a grade, 60% less likely to be suspended or expelled from school, twice as likely to go to college and find stable employment after high school, 75% less likely to have a teen birth, and 80% less likely to spend time in jail.”
(Source: Dads Make a Big Difference)
A God-fearing father stands as the pinnacle representation of Christ in the home. His love for his wife is a prime example of Christ’s love for the church. His children honor him for upholding a specific standard of faith and respect in the home, as well as, the protection and leadership that he provides the family.
The father is the foundation for the Christian home; without him, the family cannot stand.
Leading a family rooted and grounded in Christ in these perilous times is no small feat. It takes a man of conviction and courage to lead his family on the path of righteousness.
An unknown author wrote: “A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail.”
In Genesis 18: 19 God says “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him” (English Standard Version). The Lord requires much of the father; but, most importantly God requires the father to instruct his children in the ways of the Lord so that they might, not only grow in their love, reverence, and knowledge of God but also lead lives that are pleasing to him.
Having a God-fearing father in the home makes all the difference, in the world, not only in a child’s life but also in the lives of all the members of the family.
The Christian father is a pillar of strength, support, and discipline within the home and the family. His guidance is the ultimate determination of the success or failure of his family.
Dads just bring a different dynamic to the parenting process; although it takes both the mother and father to raise mentally and emotionally well-rounded children, the father has an uncanny ability to, from a very young age, hold his children accountable for their words and actions. What is more is that unlike the mother who tends to coddle the children as they grow, the father pushes them to be independent and self-reliant, which ultimately ingrains in them a sense of self-confidence and self-awareness, which will carry them throughout their lives.
Quite simply, there is no other love and leadership like that of the Christian father. It goes without saying that the Christian father is the backbone of the Christian family. His guidance ultimately determines the trajectory of the family and for this, we should not only honor, love, and respect him, but also thank him because his role in the family is both immeasurable and invaluable.
God Bless the Christian Father.
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