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Being a father can have its challenges. Believe me, as a father of three, the struggle is real. I want what is best for my children, and I would do anything to protect them.

God gave us an excellent example of what a father should be and it starts with being a good teacher. Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” It’s our responsibility as fathers, not the schools or government, to set our children on the correct path.

Our children are always looking up to us, dad’s need to live an exemplary life. Colossians 4:5-6, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.”

We must also provide for our family. 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if someone does not provide for his own, especially his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

A good father must discipline his children. Proverbs 13:24, “The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining.” We discipline, not to be cruel, but because we love our children. To protect and teach them.

And just like the Father has compassion for us, we too must have compassion for our children. Psalm 103:13, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.”

We can discipline and hold our children accountable, but we must never give up on them. The story of “The Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:20-24) is a great example of a father who never gives up hope and is ready to receive his child back with open arms.

And even if you don’t have children of your own, there are likely other children in your life that look up to you.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, Ephesians 5:25.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

It’s time to put it to action, James 1:22, “But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves.”

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