How To Be A Successful Father!

“How To Be A Good Father”

1.- LOVE YOUR WIFE – Ephesians 5:28 – “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.”
- You are creating a pattern and model for how your children will live their lives as parents and mates.
2.- DON’T EXPECT PERFECT CHILDREN – Colossians 3:21 – “Fathers, don’t make your children resentful, or they will become discouraged.”
- Don’t expect your children to fulfill your unfulfilled goals.
- Accept your children … acknowledge their imperfections … and love them in spite of their imperfections.
3.- ENJOY YOUR CHILDREN – Psalm 127:3 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is your reward.”
- Have fun with your children.
- The QUANTITY of time you spend with them indicates how important they are to you … don’t give them your leftovers.
4.- LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 1:5 – “A wise man will hear and increase in learning.”
- They need your undivided attention … be available.
5.- PROVIDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN – 1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.”
- Don’t rob your children of the blessing of WANTING, WORKING and WAITING for material things.
- Providing TOO MUCH is as bad as providing TOO LITTLE.
6.- TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN – Ephesians 6:4 – “And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
- Teach your children BOUNDARIES … to respect authority.
- If you don’t, THEY will become the authority in the home.
7.- PRAY FOR YOURSELF – 1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.”
- You need help … you can’t do it alone.
8.- PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN – Psalm 55:17 – “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice.”
- Let God do for them what you can’t … He loves them too!
9.- BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL – Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
- You ARE a role model … like it or not!
10.- PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 23:24 – “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.”
- Prepare them for eternity … have a Godly influence on the path they take for eternity.

CONCLUSION: Make God a part of your adventure in fatherhood.

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