An Unknown author wrote about Fathers:
“He teaches kindness by being thoughtful and gracious even at home.
He teaches patience by being gentle and understanding over and over.
He teaches honesty by keeping his promises to his family even when it costs.
He teaches courage by living unafraid with faith, in all circumstances.
He teaches justice by being fair and dealing equally with everyone.
He teaches obedience to God's Word by precept and example as he reads and prays daily with his family.
He teaches love for God and His Church as he takes his family regularly to all the services.
His steps are important because others follow.”
Fathers truly do teach their children many things. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s bad. So fathers, be intentional about what you do so that your children will grow up to please the Lord.
We get a good example of this from King David, the father of Solomon. In Proverbs 4:3-5 Solomon says, “When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, Let you heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.”
Shortly after David died and Solomon became kings, God came to Solomon at night and basically told Solomon that he could ask for anything and God would give it to him (1 Kings 3). Instead of asking for a long life or wealth he asked for wisdom to govern God’s people.
David instilled a character in Solomon that even withstood after his death. Solomon had integrity and a desire for wisdom.
So Fathers what are you teaching your children? Are you intentionally instilling in them a Biblical character? Are you setting them a good example by your lifestyle? Or do you need to make some changes?