Butler County Times Gazette
  • Michael Harmon: What good fathers provide

  • The father is crucial in the development of their children
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  • The importance of a father in the home cannot be underestimated.  The father is crucial in the development of their children.  The books of Ephesians and Colossians address the family more than any other books in the New Testament.
    How can a father make a difference in his children?
    First, encourage them.  Paul writes, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”  (Ephesians 6: 4).  The father is to be firm, yet fair with the children.  Habitual discouragement leads to anger and resentment.
    Second, educate them.  We have our children for approximately 18 years but the world will have them for about 60 or years.  It is the job of the family to educate the children and prepare them for the world that they will take their place as adults.  In the Bible, the job of teaching/training the children fell on the father, not the mother.  Again, Ephesians 6: 4 tells us to “bring them up in the training and admonition of the lord.”  
    Finally, discipline them.  Children need discipline in the home because discipline is a sign of love.  If you love your children, training at home will include discipline.
    Where there is no love, there is no discipline; where there is no discipline, there is no love!
    Remember Ephesians 6: 4, “And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”  
    The father who prepares his children with encouragement, education, and discipline will have a greater reward than with money, things of the world, and pleasures.
    Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ.  michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com

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