FATHERS, TEACH YOUR SONS EVERYTHING

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FATHERS, TEACH YOUR SONS EVERYTHING

Read: 1 SAMUEL 17:55–58

Meditation verse:
“And Saul said to him, ‘Whose son are you, young man?’ So, David answered, ‘I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.’” (1 Samuel 17:58).

When Saul saw David confidently going out to fight Goliath, he said to Abner, the commander of his army: ‘whose son is this youth?’. Why did he not ask, ‘who is that youth’? Instead of enquiring about the boy, Saul wanted to know who his father was. He had concluded that the father was responsible for how the boy had turned out. The book of proverbs is a composite collection of instructions of a father to his son. A father has a critical role to play in the life of his son. What a father does with his son determines the legacy he leaves behind. What is a father’s responsibility to his son? The bible has a lot to say about this.

Bring up your son in the way of the Lord. This is the foundation upon which they will build their successes (Ephesians 6:1–4). Discipline and correct them in love (Proverbs 3:11–12), but do not provoke them, lest they become discouraged (Colossians 3:21). Be compassionate towards them and forgive their shortcomings (Luke 15:20). Provide for them and give them the good things of life (Matthew 7:9–11). Do not abandon them, but be responsible for them, protecting, supporting, and guiding them in all things (Deuteronomy 1:31).

Give them sound teaching and instruct them in all things. Teach them how to thrive in every area of human endeavour, this is God’s plan for them (3 John 2). Teach them to be well rounded young men who are sound in scriptures, well-mannered and self-controlled with healthy self-esteem. Teach them how to earn and save money. This is a very essential life skill. A common evil of this generation is parents are raising spoilt young men who desire the good things of life without wanting to work hard for them. Teach your sons respect for elders and members of the opposite sex. Teach them how to eat right (1 Corinthians 6:12–13). Train them to flee sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18–20).

Above all, be a good role model to them and let your life be worthy of emulation. And in time to come, you will not be ashamed (Psalm 127:5).

 

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

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