The Word of God gives fathers many important instructions. Some are directly addressed to the them, some are just presented in common or generic terms to all, simply basics for every day Christian life and development.

Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.”

Proverbs 12:6 – Good results may happen, when Father (and/or Mother) follows this good command: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Quotes to ponder by people from ancient and more recent times:

Publius Syrus An angry father is most cruel towards himself.

Euripides Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.

Knights of Pythagoras A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

Jewish Proverb When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

William Shakespeare It is a wise father that knows his own child.

Mark Twain When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Charles Wadsworth By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Alexander Pope We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.

Bartrand Hubbard I’ve had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started.

Sigmund Freud I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

Joseph Joubert Children have more need of models than critics.

May God’s richest blessings rest on all Fathers and Grandfathers!


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