Fatherhood: Honorable Fathers, Honorable Children, June 20, 2010

Deut. 5:16; Mark 7:5-13; Eph. 6:1-4

Ways fathers can become honorable:
1. Get to know God as Father
2. Give your children a sense of belonging, acceptance and identity
  – fathers like to give good gifts (James 1:17)
  – when we face the light, we leave our shadows behind us. If we turn our backs on the light, our shadows are in front of us and we chase them instead of God.
3. Embrace your children (like hugs)
4. Love your wife (Eph. 5:25)
  – your marriage and your children will blossom
5. Respect your child’s thoughts, feelings, and dreams
6. Keep your promises – builds trust
7. Encourage your children (Eph. 6:4)
8. Teach them the Word (Eph. 6:4; Prov. 22:6; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 12:6)

Honorable children:
1. Walk in forgiveness – allow God to show you what an awesome Father He is
2. Show respect – respect their position over you as parents
  – accept their discipline (Prov. 1:8-9; Col. 3:20)
  – teaches repect for authority (Rom. 13:1-2)
  – places you under God’s protection (Prov. 6:20-23)
3. Show appreciation and value (Prov. 23:26;31:28; Mal. 4:6)
4. Walking in the truth (1 John 3:14; 2 Tim. 3:1-2; Prov. 27:11)