Celebrating fathers and their role children’s lives
Fathers play such a key role in the cognitive development of children. Their absence or presence in the journey of growth and development of a child cannot be overemphasized. Could this explain the reasons as to why we are experiencing choking issues with the young people presently?
Biblically the father is expected to play a priestly role to his family. This means that He should be grounded in faith and teach his children to know the difference between right and wrong so that they may grow up holistically.
Fatherhood is not a passive role though. Children also should respond by listening and obeying their father and mother which is the only commandment with a promise of long life to the adherents. Some of the roles of the fathers are:-
· Providing direction
· Provide security
· Discipline the children
· Providing support
· Teach and instruct his children in the ways of the Lord
It is important to note that even if one does not have an earthly father or has been disappointed by an earthly father, God reminds us of his presence and love. He is a father to all of us.
Here are some Scriptures to guide fathers on this very noble role:-
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13(ESV)
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV)
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Proverbs 23:24(ESV)
Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother he taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Proverbs 4:1-4(ESV)
The righteous who walks in his integrity blessed are his children after him! Proverbs 20:7(ESV)