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Responsibilities of fathers

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Fathers have a responsibility to love, instruct and discipline their children in the ways of the Lord. In return they are to be honoured and obeyed by their children.

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The role of fathers

To love and care for their children

Psalm 103:13 NIV
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
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To discipline their children

Proverbs 13:24 NIV
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
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To instruct their children

Psalm 78:2–8 NIV
I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
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The rights of fathers

To be honoured by their children

Exodus 20:12 NIV
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
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To be obeyed by their children

Colossians 3:20 NIV
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
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To be heeded by their children

Proverbs 23:22 NIV
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
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The joy of fathers

Proverbs 23:24 NIV
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
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The sorrow of fathers

Proverbs 17:21 NIV
To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
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The roles of fathers-in-law

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Children’s responsibility to honour their parents

“Honour” implies respect, obedience and care for the parents’ needs.
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Penalties for disobeying parents

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The ministry of Jesus Christ may produce conflict within families

Luke 12:53 NIV
They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Following Jesus Christ involves a commitment to him even deeper than love of one’s parents

Matthew 10:37 NIV
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
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