Sunday, June 15, 2014
How to Treat Dad (in Accord with God’s Word)
Last month, we provided a few Bible verses that described how you should treat your mother, so we wanted to focus on the dads all over the world this time around.
These words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart, and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a reminder on your hand, and they must be like a headband on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
We wanted to add a twist, and show how the Bible describes the way in which fathers should influence their children. This can, in turn, help children understand their fathers a little better.
A principal role of fatherhood is providing his children with leadership until they are ready to fend for themselves. His responsibility is to teach them how to please and bring glory to God and to caution against deceitful behavior. Just as Jehovah is our shepherd, fathers should protect and guide their flock, their children, to fruitful endeavors.
Proverbs 3:11, 12
My son [or daughter], do not reject the discipline of Jehovah, And do not loathe his reproof, For those whom Jehovah loves he reproves, Just as a father does a son in whom he delights.
Being disciplined by your father can be hard at times, but remember the good that comes out of these lessons and experiences. While he is not perfect, his love and care for you can be found in his rebuke. Honoring your father is not about whether or not he deserves your respect, but it’s about the respect for his God-given place and rank in the world and in your life. Even the Son of God, Jesus, submitted to both his physical parents and to his heavenly father; therefore, we should always strive to follow Christ’s example.
The father of a righteous one will surely be joyful; Whoever fathers a wise son will rejoice in him.
No matter how hard of an exterior your dad has, his pride in your accomplishments, the good you do and the good in you is incomparable. Any parent in the world will feel joy in raising a good and righteous child, so imagine the sense of exaltation your heavenly Father receives when he sees this in you. Part of being a spiritual human being is obeying His commands – with one of them being to honor your parents. It won’t always be easy, but it’s a part of glorifying Jehovah. Just as accepting the teachings and commands of your dad brings him happiness, the same idea brings joy to Jehovah.
How do you honor your father and your heavenly Father in your daily life? Let us know your tips, based on your personal experiences, on how to treat your dad in the comments below!