Fathers are the most important figure in the household. They hold the highest accountability to God for their families. We’re blessed by the message today in Sunday service about the roles of a father in the family.
As a mother and wife, this also gives me the appropriate perspective on what is my role and designation in the family. It’s hard to admit that I’m also my husband’s eldest child (sorry dad 😁). At times, I’m hardheaded. But God reminds me to know my place, forgive, pray and trust in His ways.
Today, I’d love to share the 3 things:
#1 Father’s role to teach
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Leading by example is the best teaching a parent can give to their children. A lot of things are easier said than done. Your actions speaks louder than words and how you deal with things are the first things your children will see.
Teach them by showing them how to do it. I, for one, also needs this constant reminder. I need my respect towards my husband’s authority be shown through on my actions. We only grow better by faith and prayer.
#2 Father’s wisdom to give direction
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
God has put father’s in a special place to lead their children. That is also a mother’s role but with the leadership of the father. The quality time you spend with your children also gauges the influence that you have over their lives. Love is spelled is TIME for them. No amount of material things you can give them that will equate to the love they feel with the time you spend with them.
#3 Father’s humility
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
I find this a very important characteristic but I haven’t seen this discussed as much when it comes to leadership. Father’s should also have the humility to admit their sins and mistakes. This doesn’t make anyone weaker. Its the best opportunity for us to show to our children to help them understand that we are nothing without Christ in our life. We are sinners by nature and that, we need Him in our life.
Today, I thank God for giving my husband the wisdom of leading our family. I know he is far from perfect (neither am I) but God works in marvelously ways and His plans will always be greater than ours.
I’m far from who I was in the past. I’m far from being a perfectly submissive wife to my husband. I’m far from being a perfect mother to my children. I’m flawed in so many levels but Christ changed my life and led me to the right path slowly but surely. If you don’t know Christ yet as your personal saviour, today is the day!
Over to you…
How do you show Christ in your life?