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How a Father Can Become The Glory of His Children

Proverbs 17:6 states, “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”
 
Personally, one of the great blessings of life is to have children, and frankly, one of the greatest responsibilities in life is to raise our children to know and serve the Lord. While  it is true that God commands children to “Honour thy father and mother”, it is also true that we fathers are responsible also to make sure that we “provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Eph. 6:1-4
 
The word “glory” in Prov. 17:6 means ornament, and is also translated “beauty” and  “majesty” etc.  It should be obvious that if a father became a follower of Christ and lived according to the Word and will of God, he would have such an influence on his children that they would look at him through eyes of honour and respect.
 
Fathers, we cannot have a double standard in our lives and live differently in front of our family at home than we do those at Church.  Our children will translate that into hypocrisy and lose respect for us.  Instead of becoming their glory, someone they highly respect and honor and desire to be like, we become their stumbling stone to a Christ-like life and possibly a hindrance to their faith in Christ!
 
Some questions to be answered would be : Would you want your children to be just like you?  Would you want them to think like you think? Act like you act? Talk like you talk? Live like you live? Go where you go?  The truth is, our children learn more from our deeds than they do from our words.  For example, 1 John 3:18 states, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue: but in deed and in truth.”
 
We have a saying which we turned into a song: “Your walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk should out-talk your talk.”  In fact, our walk does out-talk our talk.   I heard a quote years ago that went like this: “Your life is screaming so loud, I cannot hear what you are saying.”
 
Fathers, let us live in such a way that our life screams to our children that we Love the Lord with all our heart.  If we do so, we become the glory of our children.

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